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A Special Reserve Police officer is expected to appear virtually before a San Fernando Magistrate on Monday, charged with assault by beating, malicious damage and common assault, arising out of an incident involving his common-law wife.

The accused, last assigned to the Road Traffic Task Force, Piarco, was charged with the offences following advice received from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC.

According to the police, the victim and the accused were involved in a heated argument on Sunday October 3, during which he allegedly struck her about the body with a scoop handle and his fists.

Police said the SRP also allegedly picked up a cutlass that he used to damage a refrigerator belonging to the victim.

The accused also allegedly damaged the victim’s cellular phone by throwing it on the floor.

The police were told by the victim, that the accused allegedly returned to their home the next morning, threatened to harm her and repeatedly pointed a knife at her.

A report was made to the Gasparillo Police Station and the matter referred to the Southern Division’s Gender-Based Violence Unit (SD-GBVU).

An investigation was launched into the incident which resulted in the accused being charged with the offences by WPC Boxie-Aguillera of the SD-GBVU.