Alleged police killer remanded to HMP until April


The man who allegedly killed a police officer last week is now behind bars at Her Majesty’s Prison.


Murder accused Verel Simon was remanded to prison this morning when he made his first court appearance in the St. John’s Magistrates Court.


Police alleged that the 20-year-old villa man injured Corporal Clifton Common, who later died while receiving medical treatment at the hospital.


The incident occurred at St. John’s Police Station around 1 pm on Thursday 11th February.


The accused is due to return to court for committal proceedings in April.

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  1. I ask should he not have had a Mental health Assessment while at the police station and if deemed Mentally unwell then detained on a section of MHA on a pyschiatric ward for treatment and on going assessment of mental capacity. Remanding him to prison will not be in this young mans best interest. However not sure how the Mental Health system operates in Antigua.


    Never saw carts pulling horses. Got to ‘…hitch-up’ the darn horse in front and cart behind.

    Man allegedly; (i) ‘…Smashed glass window panes; (ii) …Law enforcement detained as Suspected Lunatic: (iii) …Ignored procedures contained in ‘…Mental Health Treatment Act [Sections 3- 6: Chapter 274]; (iii) …In absence of Magistrate’s Order for confinement at Mental Hospital, denied admission (correctly); (iv) …Confined to Police Lockup; (v) …Incident occurred in Lockup; (vii) …Officer died in Lockup; (viii) …Suspected lunatic not …psychiatrically evaluated; (ix) …Mental State not known: (x) …Post Mortem not conducted by Pathologist to determine ‘…Cause of Death; (xi) …Suspected lunatic charged with Murder.’

    The Law presumes every person who commits a crime to be ‘Sane,’ until ‘…psychiatric evidence,’ undermines such presumption.

    EVIDENTIAL PROBLEM: – Key elements; (i) ‘…Cause of Death; and (ii) …Pre-Meditation.’


    Could have saved what possibly could be embarrassing.

    Can’t blame a Magistrate, for Law enforcement apparent lack of ‘…procedural knowledge or inefficiency,’ though.

    Walk Good.

  3. Why is he being locked up in Prison.The Mental Hospital is where he should be.He should be there taking his meds and getting some professional mental wellness help.Not everyone should be remanded or be sent to Prison in my opinion.Did anyone take the time to evaluate this young man.

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