Thursday 7th February, 2019-The attorneys representing suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John, his mother Yvonne Nickkie and Shekema Charles have been given copies of their case files.
The trio appeared in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court this morning.
In court, prosecutors withdrew the first set of complaints laid against the three and replaced them with new charges, following directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
John now faces two separate counts of larceny and receiving of multi-layered infilling sheets and multi-layered filling patch, properties of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office. He faces a third charge of conspiracy for which his mother and Charles are co-accused.
The trio will return to court on April 4 at which time they are expected to be committed to stand trial in the High Court barring no submissions from the attorneys.
The 47 year-old Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) was suspended on April 13th as a result of investigations by members of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and other Law Enforcement Agencies surrounding allegations of fraudulent Antigua and Barbuda Passports being printed in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The two co-accused, Yvonne Nickkie and Shekema Charles for who a wanted bulletin was issued before she eventually surrendered in early January, 2019, are all on bail.