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Police charge Bobby Steele for Causing Harm

Bobby Steele – was taken into custody on Sunday

Two months after an incident in the south of the island at an entertainment place known as “Rumors” and operated by a major political activist of the New National Party (NNP), police have finally laid a charge on the businessman.

Robert “Bobby” Ashley Steele was charged Sunday by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) for the offence of Causing Harm to senior public officer Mervyn Haynes, on instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Christopher Nelson.

Hours later, Steele was released on bail and will have to appear at the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court on February 16 for the first hearing of the case.

Haynes was allegedly beaten by Steele after he visited “Rumors” in November to ask him to low down the music as the noise was disturbing medical students of St George’s University (SGU) who were living in his apartment building in the True Blue area.

After the incident, the business operator went to South St George Police station to file a complaint against Haynes.

THE NEW TODAY understands that when the senior public officer arrived at the station to make a report about the incident, he was taken into custody, placed in a cell while Steel was allowed to leave the station.

When quizzed about the issue, a senior cop indicated that the investigation carried out subsequently suggested that Steele was the alleged aggressor in the incident.

“I found out that Steele went ahead to report (to the station). But it was discovered after that he was the aggressive one to Haynes whom he beat up. It was also verified that there was no intent by Haynes to use his firearm against Steele,” he said.

Haynes is known to be the holder of a licensed firearm but was said to be only attempting to strike Steele with the weapon in order to keep him at a distance.

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In commenting on the incident two months ago, Haynes said: “I became fearful for my life, and I pulled my licensed firearm, which was not engaged (locked), and attempted to hit him with it as I received more punches from him.

“Two of the security guards at the establishment quickly broke up the tussle. I received a busted lip, swelling on my face and forehead and trauma to my eyes to which I visited the hospital (was) examined and given a medical report.

“I subsequently made a complaint on Bobby. I was held overnight in the cell at South St. George’s and released pending further investigation. Bobby came in and gave his report on Sunday when he made comments at the station that he had given me 3 good punches, and I assaulted him. My eyes got damaged in the tussle.”

“Despite (of me) making a complaint against him, he left the station after just around two hours being there. This problem of extremely loud noise has been going on for around 8 years now and despite many complaints to the South St. George Police Station, there has been no action other than a few times when they came and asked them to turn down the music, and after the police leave the music would go right back up.

“I spent the night in the cell and wasn’t released until around 4.00 p.m, Sunday afternoon when Bobby Steele was allowed to come in and give his statement and leave after 2 hrs on Sunday.”

Haynes has also given instruction to his attorney, Ruggles Ferguson, KC to take civil legal action against Steele for the assault on him.

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