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February 8 set for resumption of Cletus St Paul sexual assault case

Cletus St Paul – will have to appear in court on February 8

State prosecutors in Grenada are hopeful of getting the sexual assault case brought against Cletus St Paul, the former top notch security chief to defeated Prime Minister Keith Mitchell on the September Assizes for hearing by the High Court.

Legal sources told THE NEW TODAY that the Preliminary Inquiry into the charge has been in limbo following the decision of former Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis to demit office.

A source familiar with the case said that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has managed to get the matter on the calendar for a hearing on February 8 before the new Acting Chief Magistrate.

According to the legal official, the Cletus St Paul PI started under St Louis but he was not able to complete it by the time he resigned from the position.

She said the plan is to start over the entire process and hopefully “will finish the proceedings to get it before the high court at least for the September session.”

The official said that the DPP office is trying very hard to get the Chief Magistrate “to make it a priority” in terms of hearings in her court.

St Paul is also facing a second sexual assault case involving a female from Happy Hill in the St George North-west constituency of Keith Mitchell, the current Leader of the Opposition.

“Justice must be done …,” said the legal official.

Attorney-at-law Ruggles Ferguson, KC is representing St Paul in the legal battle.

St Paul also served as the Chief bodyguard to executed Marxist Prime Minister Maurice Bishop during the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution.

66-year old St Paul was charged by Police on June 15, 2020 with three (3) counts of Indecent Assault and one (1) count of Sexual Assault and placed on $20, 000.00 bail with one surety.

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The charge was laid on St. Paul by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) Criminal Investigation Department (CID) about three months after the female complainant approached the lawmen on the issue.

The complainant told police investigators that she had to put up a struggle with St. Paul while her 18-month baby was on her shoulder as he used a finger to enter her vagina without permission.

She also said that she had approached former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell at his Constituency office in New Hampshire in St George North-east for assistance on a housing matter and he referred her to his top security man to help solve the problem and she was put through a sexual nightmare.

The complainant was seeking one of the low-cost houses being built by the Chinese government for Grenadians in Beausejour which is a stronghold of the ex-Grenadian leader.

The woman alleged that on one occasion St. Paul visited her home to pick her up to visit a plot of land that belonged to the State to put down a small wooden house that she owned.

Before going to the police to file the complaint, she informed the then Prime Minister of her ordeal with St Paul and told the police in her statement that Dr. Mitchell was not too happy when she told him that her pastor was very annoyed over the incident involving St. Paul and that he felt strongly that it should be reported to the police.

“Like the Pastor is a politician”, the woman quoted the ex-Grenadian leader as telling her in the official statement that she made to CID officers.

The woman then decided to contact an attorney-at-law who advised her to bring the matter to the attention of the Police for investigation.

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