February 04, 2020
THE senior police officer who allegedly punched two women in an incident in Exuma that went viral on social media last year is suing the government for “unlawfully” interdicting him for offences he claims he did not commit. Inspector Christian Leon Leary, in an affidavit filed yesterday, is suing the Royal Bahamas Police Force for interdicting him on half-pay two weeks after the alleged offences in question on August 4. Insp Leary asserts he is innocent of claims he punched the two women in their faces while they were traveling home from the Rolleville Homecoming Festival & Regatta. Images purported to show blood streaming from one of the women’s gashed eyelid were subsequently shared hundreds of times on social media, horrifying users. However, Insp Leary said in his affidavit: “I will defend against them and I am confident that I will be exonerated of the offences for which I am charged.” Concerning his August 27 interdiction, Insp Leary said Acting Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle, who was acting as commissioner at the time, lacked the jurisdiction and authority to interdict him, and did so in contravention of the Police Force Act.
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