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Two officers charged with Rich Plain shooting death of PC Gilkes

Two po­lice of­fi­cers were charged to­day, Sat­ur­day 6th Au­gust 2022 in re­la­tion to shoot­ing in­ci­dents at Rich Plain, Diego Mar­tin, which re­sult­ed in the death of PC Clarence Gilkes.

On Fri­day 5th Au­gust 2022, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, Roger Gas­pard, SC, ad­vised that No. 19257 PC Kris­t­ian Gen­ty and No. 20920 WPC Crys­tal Williams-Bow­man be joint­ly charged with shoot­ing with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­i­ly harm, and PC Kris­t­ian Gen­ty be charged for the mur­der of PC Clarence Gilkes.

PC Kris­t­ian Gen­ty , 28, of Diego Mar­tin, and WPC Crys­tal Williams-Bow­man, 30, of East Dry Riv­er, Port-of-Spain, were both on sus­pen­sion and were last at­tached to the West­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force.

WPC Crys­tal Williams-Bow­man was grant­ed bail with a sure­ty in the sum of $500,000 at the St Joseph Po­lice Sta­tion by Jus­tice of the Peace Stephen Young. Both ac­cused are due to ap­pear at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day 8th Au­gust 2022. On Fri­day 22nd April 2022, while at Up­per Rich Plain Road, Diego Mar­tin, PC Gilkes, PC Gen­ty and WPC Williams-Bow­man, who were all on du­ty and armed with Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) is­sued firearms al­leged­ly ap­proached a man and fired sev­er­al shots at him.

In so do­ing, PC Gen­ty whilst fir­ing shots at the man, al­leged­ly shot PC Gilkes, who was con­veyed to the St James Med­ical Health Fa­cil­i­ty where he suc­cumbed to his in­juries. In a re­sponse to the of­fi­cers be­ing charged, Act­ing Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice, Mc Don­ald Ja­cob stat­ed that he had pre­vi­ous­ly giv­en the pub­lic the as­sur­ance that the mat­ter would be in­ves­ti­gat­ed thor­ough­ly, and cor­rect pro­ce­dure would be fol­lowed.

He said he was sat­is­fied that this was done, and he said he will keep the pub­lic in­formed about any oth­er mat­ters aris­ing out of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Act­ing COP al­so thanked all the in­ves­ti­ga­tors who worked as­sid­u­ous­ly on the case. He added that of­fi­cers of the Vic­tim and Wit­ness Sup­port Unit and So­cial Work Unit will pro­vide the nec­es­sary coun­sel and sup­port need­ed to the of­fi­cers and the fam­i­lies in­volved in this mat­ter.

The Act­ing Com­mis­sion­er al­so stat­ed that he was al­so aware that the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion will al­so as­sist by pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary le­gal sup­port for the of­fi­cers. In­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­duct­ed by the As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice, (Ag) Joseph Chan­dool, Woman Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Suzette Mar­tin of the Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards Bu­reau, the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment and in­clud­ed Sgt (Ag.) Mo­hammed, Cpl (Ag.) Joe­field, WPC Charles, WPC Mc Lean, W/Cpl (Ag.) Samp­son and PC Heera.

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