The “Toronto man”, actually “a native Grenadian who lived in Toronto”, was attacked by police “after he vigorously hugged a female officer who he mistook for an old friend in front of the St. David’s police station”.
“It was a bit of outrage in relation to that conduct and the initial resistance of Mr. Bartholomew in submitting to arrest that led to the frenzied action of the police officers and their going overboard,” Nelson [the country’s director of public prosecution] said.
Four Grenadian police officers face what prosecutors call unprecedented criminal charges in the beating death of a visitor from Canada during the Christmas holidays six years ago, a case that sparked widespread anger and grief on the Caribbean island.
The manslaughter charges come after a coroner’s inquest jury last week returned manslaughter verdicts against the officers in the killing of Oscar Bartholomew on Boxing Day 2011.
Christopher Nelson, the country’s director of public prosecution, said on Tuesday that the coroner committed the officers for trial at the country’s High Court as required by the inquest verdict, and the hearing would likely begin in January.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
St. George’s, Grenada
Grenada (GD) is estimated to have a population of 0.1 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.