Ex-police robbery conviction overturned on appeal

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A police officer who was convicted of robbery has been released from prison after the Court of Appeal ruled in his favour.

Ex-police constable Dave Apple Boy Roacher appealed his conviction by a jury for the armed robbery of two women. A High Court judge had imposed a 20-year sentence for the offence.

Antigua News Room (ANR) was informed that justices of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal during their sitting in Antigua last week quashed Roachers’ conviction and set aside his sentence.

The court did not make any order for a re-trial, ANR was told.

Roacher, who had always denied committing the crimes, had been in prison since his conviction in May 2015. It was alleged that on January 18, 2012, Roacher went to a house on Whenner Road where he held two women at gunpoint and robbed them.

During the trial, one of the victims told the court that a masked man entered the house and made demands for money. The alleged robber had a firearm and knife in his possession. The woman reportedly told the gun-toting bandit that she did not have any money. He reportedly went to a bedroom and took a diamond ring and gold chain from a dressing table before leaving.

A report was later made to the police, and the victims told police they knew who had committed the illegal act. They identified the alleged robber as the former police officer whose eyes and mouth were reportedly visible through the mask. 

The incident reportedly occurred after 5 in the morning.

Roacher was dismissed from the force in line with the rules governing the body.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. He never do such a crime he’s not one of my favorite person I honestly think he was framed by one of his own because they were both dealing with her, but God not sleeping I am happy he’s release and I hope he sue them for messing up his chatacter. Them Jamaican woman come here to con out Antigua man but them dam right them should walk with are you house and land and put um pan boat back to Jamaica and Guyana.

  2. There is nothing wrong with the system, its for all of us….. There had to be plausible reason for the Appeals Court to overturn his conviction….. Its the persons that are meant to make the system work have failed in this instance……

  3. More money plus reinstatement coming. This case was a cartoon case from the get go. Everybody know Dave for begging but you see when you in an organisation and plenty funny man in there and you stop playing funny games them make sure them get you from all angle

  4. I know Richer and I said from the beginning that i did not believe that Roacher did the crime itvwas a set up but God does not sleep. Rozcher, what goes around comes around.

  5. The fact that the case was set aside does not mean he is innocent nor guilty. It simply means the evidence supplied is insufficient to convict. That said Apple Boy would never do anything like that. He is a decent guy. Apple we missed you at the body building line up so get back to training. The world is round….

  6. Anything are u Antiguan man get from them Jamaican and guyanese women are you deserve. Look around dont you see the motives are the same? Gi r u plenty………… Then start ask fi money.
    And ar u gi dem and the cycle continue. Pay bills pay rent gi dem money fu sen home..me no sorry fu ar u fools..Play dem back and then dem will tap

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