Point woman claims police ignored her attempts to report serious threats

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By Latrishka Thomas

A female resident of Booby Alley is alleging that the police have failed to take a report from her even after she visited the St. John’s Police Station six times in a single day.

The woman, Patrice Phillip, also known as ‘Icy’, told OBSERVER media that between the hours of 6am and 8pm last Friday she tried to file a complaint against a man who she claims has attacked her at least once and has been threatening and harassing her for three years.

“When I woke in the morning and went into my yard and opened my gate, I saw a lot of oil in front of my gate, all in my yard, as if he stood up on a bench and threw it into my yard. I called the police at around 6am and they said they were going to call me back but they never called me back. I walked to the St. John’s Police Station and explained to them what happened and they told me to come back at 8 am. When I went back 8 o’clock, he said nobody was there yet so come back at about 2 pm. I went back at 12 o’clock and they said the person was out.

“So, I keep on calling the station because the man is threatening to kill me. One time he threatened to shoot me. I always go to the station and make a report…I went to the station around six times. The last time I went was 7:30 [Friday night],” the woman recounted.

Phillip, who is in her early 50s, alleged that the man, her former neighbor, who was asked to move from the alley for “stealing from a funeral home and bring it and throw it between the alley” is always in the area “practicing witchcraft in the house where his father died and he does not live there anymore.”

More seriously, she claims that the man has told her disturbing things such as, “if he kills me nobody will be able to find my body” forcing her to get a lawyer.

The Point resident also provided OBSERVER with a warning letter written to the man on her behalf by an attorney with the Legal Aid and Advice Centre.

The letter which repeats the allegations of harassment and threats, indicates that it was copied to the Acting Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney but his knowledge of the document is unknown.

She further claims that in the past when she took that matter to the police, an officer involved in taking that report was confrontational with her.

In fact, she alleges that the same officer, acting on the complaint of her alleged harasser, later arrested her in January 2019.

As a result, she said, she was charged for annoying her alleged harasser and for using carbolic liquid on her property, which her alleged harasser found to be a nuisance, but the charges against her were dismissed by a magistrate.

She also alleges that the officer in question has been enabling the man in question and, consequently, she is calling on the police to take her reports seriously to end what she is calling a nightmare.

“I’m weary of going to the station. All that I want is peace in my life. That is what I want. I want the police to help me with this man because he keeps on threatening me,” Phillip concluded.

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