A 49-year-old Biabou man has accused the police of beating him while taking him to his home last Friday, February 23, to conduct a search in respect of controlled drugs.
Nigel ‘Third World’ Regisford made the claim while speaking to THE VINCENTIAN shortly after making a brief appearance at the Serious Offences Court on Monday. He has been charged with possession of 19, 976 grams of marijuana with intent to supply. He is also accused of having 948 grams of the herb for the same purpose.
Regisford pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was granted $30,000 bail with one surety.
He told THE VINCENTIAN that the police picked him up in the public road, telling him that they had a warrant to search his home in Biabou. The officers, according to Regisford, then proceeded with him to his house, but gun butted and beat him as he attempted to pull away. He indicated that he had a small bruise on his left foot which was seriously aggravated as a result of the beating.
However, when contacted on Wednesday, Acting Commissioner of Police Colin John told THE VINCENTIAN that, according to the report he received, Regisford fell over an embankment and was injured when he pulled away from the police who were arresting him for marijuana possession.