PSC still out of the loop on top cop case

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Up to late yesterday, no notice of legal action had been served by the court on the Police Service Commission (PSC) and its lawyer, Dr. David Dorsett, with regards to action taken by Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson, over his suspension.
The attorney told OBSERVER media yesterday that he learned of the police chief’s move via the media on Friday, but neither he nor the commission had received any documents from the court’s bailiffs of anyone else.
He said as a result, he was unable to comment and state what the Commission’s next move will be and how it plans to respond to the legal action.
Over a week ago, Robinson took the route of filing a “without notice application” when he asked the High Court to grant him leave to file for judicial review of his suspension and on Thursday May 10, Justice Rosalyn Wilkinson granted him the application.
He has been on suspension since last month pending the outcome of a yet-to-be conducted probe into claims he made unwanted sexual advances towards three male colleagues and victimised one of them for turning him down.
According to court documents, Robinson asked for the case of his suspension to be treated “as urgent” and this has been granted. He identified the Police Service Commission as the First Respondent and the Attorney General on behalf of the state, as the Second Defendant.
May 18 is the date he was given to now formally file that application for judicial review and the first hearing date of said application is June 6.
Robinson, who has been serving as Commissioner of Police since 2015, was suspended on April 5 and informed on that date by way of letter from the PSC. He also suffered a 50 percent cut in pay which was to remain in effect at least until the outcome of a probe. To date, there was been no word from the Commission regarding who will conduct the probe and the terms of said probe.
The top cop, who is also an attorney, is confident the suspension is unlawful and on April 13, he wrote to the PSC, threatening legal action if the suspension was not lifted on or before April 20. The Commission rejected his demand and he followed through on his threat.
Earlier this year, the scandal broke of Robinson’s alleged inappropriate conduct towards three junior ranking male colleagues who put their complaints in writing to the PSC, forcing the action taken.

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