Top Cop Wins Wrongful Suspension Case

Suspended Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson has won the right to be reinstated as Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

Justice Godfrey Smith gave that ruling earlier this morning via Skype in the High Court.

The judge quashed the April 5th 2018 suspension by the Police Service Commission (PSC) and ruled that Robinson be reinstated with immediate effect.

It was also reported that Robinson won legal costs.

Earlier this month, Robinson had told state TV that he was optimistic that he would win his case against the Police Service Commission who had suspended him following allegations of sexual misconduct by three of his colleagues.

Shortly after his suspension in April, Robinson hired the services of Barbados attorney Richard Cheltenham to defend his right to be reinstated as head of the force.

Robinson had threatened to take legal action against the chairman of the PSC Kelvin John because according to him and his lawyer the April 5th suspension order was unlawful and could not be supported.

He maintained that he should have gotten a preliminary hearing to be briefed about the allegations that had been brought against him.

In the letter to the chairman, Robinson said they Commission did not give any reason or adequate reason for his suspension.

Two weeks ago the PSC charged Robinson with two counts of discreditable conduct and one count of Oppressive conduct

These charges follow an investigation by the Caricom Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).

In August, a three member team was asked to look into claims that Robinson sexually harassed three male colleagues and another man who was seeking entry into the police force.

News Reporter
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