Security officers charged with murder to make first court appearance this morning


Chief of Defence Staff Col. Telbert Benjamin is urging the public not to rush to judgement in the Bruce Greenaway murder case.

Three defence force soldiers and a police officer will make their first court appearance this morning.

“For the Antigua Barbuda Defence Force, we believe in the judicial system as operated in Antigua and Barbuda and for us under that system all people are considered innocent until such  time as proven guilty by a court of law” Col. Benjamin told state media.

“So, we ask, and we encourage the general public to allow the system to work, allow the evidence to lead us and wherever it takes us that is where we should go”, he said.

Forty-four-year-old police officer Jason Modeste, and soldiers Shakiel Thomas, 25, 20-year-old Armal Warner, and Aliyah Martin, 20 were jointly charged with murder over the weekend for allegedly causing Greenaway’s death.

The Falmouth resident was found in waters at Indian Creek on April 13 and an autopsy later revealed he died from strangulation.

Allegations, which began circulating on social media, claimed Geenaway was last seen alive in the custody of members of the security forces.

Col. Telbert. Benjamin, the Chief of Defence Staff at ABDF, said an internal investigation carried out by defence force looked at several issues.

“It looked to confirm the information that we had seen across social media. In addition, it looked to assess procedures that were carried out by personnel throughout the period. So, that process is ongoing. It is continuous”, he said.

The Defence Force handed over the three accused soldiers to police investigators on Saturday.

“From the beginning, and we continue to express our support and condolences to the family and I say to them as well as to the general public of Antigua and Barbuda, rest assured that all that the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force does is in the interest of the people of Antigua and Barbuda”, Col. Benjamin added

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  1. Antigua people dangerous see, So because they are young they can’t do the crime,they went home and sleep or did they call a senior and reported what happened? The family members didn’t post no justice for bruce but instead they are on the media defending them for their innocence, there is no innocence after witnessing a crime and didn’t report it so they are all held accountable, younger than them kill ,matter a fact they were trained to kill . It hurts now it hits home right?? Stop crying down others!

  2. Yes, we should not rush to judgement. Leave that with the courts. However, IF it is found to be true that these people did kill him, they must die on the gallows, hung by the neck until dead. That is true justice. In the meantime we will await the decisions of the court to determine guilt or innocence. The authorities are handling this in an admirable way. Thank you.

  3. The police he should be jailed this guy nearly shot me once pulling his firearm on my on my way home with my friends he should rot in jail or hang he rass 😑😑🗣🗣

  4. I honestly believe that these young soldiers had to have been forced to do an act that they dudnt want to because that police man has a bad record. He lub tel things in his own hands. He have had many run ins with citizens where he pull gun at them beat them up, all kinds of things. The biggest mistake during the lock down was to put those young soldiers to work with him because they would have to do what he says and the fact that he loves to abuse his power eventually would have strained their names one way or the other. Yes they went home and went to sleep… but they probably couldnt close their eyes and feared for their own lives. That police man dey…he not easy. Glad he finally get caught up to his bag ways.

  5. Hmmmmmmm who eles but kill the damn man god please clear that young lady name god no she didnt hurt a soul🤔

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