A police constable last assigned to Guard and Emergency Branch was granted bail in the sum of $50,000 when he appeared before a magistrate charged with two counts of common assault.
The court heard that on August 26, 2019, a 26-year-old woman, who at the time was in a cohabitational relationship with the officer was receiving counselling for domestic issues from a psychologist in Chaguanas when PC Dale Balkaransingh, 46, of 928 Nelson Road, Lange Park, Chaguanas, allegedly stormed into the session demanding that the woman immediately stop the session and leave. She refused and Balkaransingh allegedly whipped out his licensed firearm and pointed it at both victims, threatening them and indicating that no one would leave.
A report was made to the Professional Standards Bureau and an investigation was conducted. Balkaransingh was subsequently charged on October 17 with two counts of common assault on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC.
W/Cpl Marsha Burgan laid the charges and prosecuted the case.
On Friday, Balkaransingh appeared at the Chaguanas 1st Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Nicholas Ali.
Bail was set in the sum of $50,000 to cover both charges with the condition that he keep 200 metres away from both victims.
The case was later adjourned to November 15.
The investigation was led by Ag Assistant Commissioner Totaram Dookhie and included Supt Anthony Remmy and Insp Sheridan Hills.