‘Bobby’s owner will have his day in court’ | Top cop says RVIPF getting backlash over businessman’s arrest
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews has said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has been receiving public backlash following the recent arrest of Bobby’s Market Place proprietor Elton Leonard but says the matter is one that will be decided by the courts.
Commissioner Matthews said during a news interview that broadcast on ZBVI radio Tuesday morning, April 28, that the businessman — who he only referred to as ‘an individual at Bobby’s supermarket’ — was arrested on suspicion of breaching the curfew.
“People have demonstrated with regards to that and said that the particular individual concerned shouldn’t have been arrested and was doing their best to help the people. But nobody, including myself, is above the law,” the commissioner said.
“When the law is adopted under these very challenging times, under these curfew divisions, the curfew is very, very clear about who could and couldn’t do what. And if somebody is found in breach of that, then my officers are often left with no choice,” he added.
Will have his day in court
The top cop further said ‘the matter has been placed for local courts to decide’.
“The police service is not making judgements on people as to whether they are guilty or innocent when it comes to these curfew breaches. So the individual at Bobby’s, like any other individual, they will have their day and their opportunity to explain themselves to the independent judiciary,” Commissioner Matthews said.
When BVI News made inquires with the RVIPF Information Unit on Tuesday morning (April 28), no charges were laid against the individual.
Our news centre then asked if a person can be arraigned before a court without being charged; to the RVIPF forwarded the following message: “I can confirm that a businessman was arrested on Friday, April 24 after 7 pm. He was subsequently discharged pending further investigations.”
“The name will not be released,” Acting Police Information Officer Akia Thomas further said.
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