Thirty-eight-year-old Darren Ragoobir was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend after being charged with common assault. Ragoobir pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael and was granted bail for $150,000. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

A police constable with 10 years’ service was ordered to have absolutely no contact with his girlfriend after appearing before a Sangre Grande Magistrate charged with common assault. DARREN RAGOOBIR, 38, of Cumuto, pleaded not guilty to the offence before Magistrate Cheron Raphael who ordered that he stay 100 meters away from his girlfriend and to have no communication with her as part of his bail conditions which were set at $150,000 with a surety.

RAGOOBIR, who is currently on suspension from duty, was arrested on August 13th following a police report in which a woman alleged that her boyfriend threatened her while holding a weapon at their home. According to the woman, during an argument that first started on WhatsApp, her boyfriend demanded that she leave the house. She reported to the police that the man took up a weapon and made threats towards her.

The Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) began investigations into the report following which WPC Narinesingh of the Northern Division laid the charge of common assault against RAGOOBIR. The investigation was spearheaded by W/Superintendent of Police, Claire Guy-Allyene and Insp Stanley of the GBVU. This is the third police officer to be charged by the GBVU for a similar offence in the last four weeks.