BRIAN STODDARD

SGT BRIAN STODDARD

A 53-year-old police sergeant with 31 years of service has been charged with threatening his wife.

He was expected to appear before a Port of Spain magistrate yesterday.

In a release yesterday, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service identified the officer as Sgt Brian Stoddard, who was last attached to the Cunupia Police Station.

Police sources said the dispute between the couple was over a message sent to a third party .

On Sunday, the sergeant allegedly threatened the woman.

Fearful for her life, and the fact that she believed her report might be ignored by officers in the Central Division, the 53-year-old woman went to the San Juan Police Station to make the report.

However, she was followed.

It was alleged that around 9 p.m. on Sunday, Stoddard showed up at the police station and confronted the woman.

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Officers of the San Juan station intervened and detained the sergeant.

The Professional Standards Bureau, led by ACP Toteram Dookhie, was notified, and investigations into the incident were conducted by Insp Marshall, Insp Hills, Sgt Grey and Cpl Moore.

On Wednesday afternoon, a file was submitted to Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard SC, and advice was given for the sergeant to be prosecuted for the offence of engaging in a course of conduct that caused persons to fear that violence will be used against them in breach of the Offences Against the Person Act, CHP 11:08.

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