Almost one year after he was suspended from the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) on charges related to Deceit of a Public Officer and Conspiracy to Deceive, senior ranked police officer Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Claudius Coutain is yet to have his matter started in court.
After months of adjournments for varied reasons, Coutain appeared before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St. George’s Number One magistrate’s court on Monday hoping to have his matter started, but with one of the main witnesses out of state prosecution was left with little option but to agree to another adjournment, this time to September 23rd 2016.
The highly respected traffic police officer was arrested in July 2015 after months of investigation into allegation of illegal issuance of driver’s licenses through the back door rather than following due process. Sources at the time said a number of drivers now on the nation’s roads have benefited and are now being sought after by the RGPF.
Coutain, now on $ 20,000.00 is jointly charged together with St George’s businessman Captain Matthew Harris who was unable to attended court on Monday and therefore the matter had to be adjourned to September 23rd.
Meanwhile, sources told the Grenada Informer that the former traffic police is adamant that he has done nothing wrong, and is looking forward to having his name vindicated, however our source went on to state that the lengthy delay in having the matter started in court has been creating some challenges for the defense and more so the suspended police officer who is now on the verge of retirement from the public sevice.