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DPP’s advice sought on assault of doctor
Police are expected to visit the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) today for advice on charges which could be laid against a senior official of the Forensic Science Centre accused of assaulting his co-worker Dr Valery Alexandrov. Police sources said investigators were initially considering laying a charge of assault by beating in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court with the suspect being served a summons telling him the date of his court appearance. Investigators changed their mind yesterday, instead opting first to seek advice from the DPP, because of the suspect’s role as a witness in several high-profile criminal trials. On December 2, Alexandrov, a Russian-born forensic pathologist, who has been working in T&T for over six years, was allegedly assaulted in the mortuary room of the centre at Federation Park, St James.
Police said Alexandrov reported he became engaged in a heated argument with the suspect, which quickly turned violent. He was reportedly grabbed by his tie, kicked and thrown out of the room. Later that day, Alexandrov underwent a medical examination at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital and a report was submitted to police. The incident was captured by CCTV cameras at the centre and was witnessed by several members of staff, homicide detectives and crime-scene investigators. Copies of the video recordings and statements from witnesses form part of the police’s file on the case which will be handed over to DPP Roger Gaspard today. PC Ravi Mohan and detectives from the St Clair Police Station are continuing investigations.