PORT OF SPAIN – Former TV6 crime show co-host and now suspended police officer Inspector Roger Alexander will be facing trial for assault on September 5.
Senior Magistrate Nannette Forde-John on Thursday set the date for the matter to proceed, in which Alexander and another police officer, PC Sheldon Mires, are charged with assaulting a Santa Cruz man last year.
Alexander is charged with assaulting Christopher Charles occasioning him actual bodily harm, on July 12, at Santa Cruz, while Mires, is charged with assaulting the man by way of beating him and committing common assault against the alleged him on the same date and same location.
The matter had previously been called before former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar on three occasions in the Port of Spain Eighth Court before she resigned the Magistracy to pick up a position on the High Court Bench, which she also subsequently resigned due to a wave of controversy.
This matter was not one of the 53 part-heard matters left unresolved by Ayers-Caesar prior to her promotion, as at the time of her resignation, it had not as yet proceeded to trial. Following her resignation, the matter was transferred to the Fourth (A) Court before Forde-John by acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle.
Attorneys Gilbert Peterson and Lee Merry are representing Alexander, while attorney John Heath is representing Mires. State attorneys Angelica Teelucksingh-Ramoutar and Mauricia Joseph have been appointed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prosecute the matters.
Alexander was the co-host of TV6’s Beyond the Tape programme, a show geared towards crime fighting and strengthening the relationship between the police service and members of the public. Mires usually appeared on the show’s Protect Yourself segment in which he played the role of a character by the name of “Ninja” who oftentimes found himself in trouble with the law.