Antigua: Soldier accused of break-in at PM’s residence walks

Antigua Observer:-The soldier who was accused of breaking into Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s home in August while he and his family were overseas on vacation, in August, no longer has a charge to answer.

Xavier Baltimore, 22, walked free, yesterday, when the police dropped the charges against him.

The Defence Force officer was charged with break-in on August 23.

Police Commissioner Wendel Robinson confirmed the case was withdrawn yesterday, on his advice, after the prime minister and his family indicated they had no interest in pursuing the matter in the court.

He told OBSERVER media, “I wrote to the Chief of Defence Staff that the virtual complainant does not wish to proceed criminally. I advised the Chief of Defence Staff that the Police Administration is available to provide a statement, evidence or witnesses for any internal administrative action the Defence Force may consider.”

Prime Minister Gaston Browne confirmed he did not wish to pursue the prosecution of the soldier, who hails from Golden Grove.

“The intent is not to turn him into a hardened criminal. If he did it, we all make mistakes as human beings, and I hope he will use this as a learning experience, assuming he was guilty. For us, we have no interest in incriminating him. We, however, expect the Defence Force to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action, and hopefully he will stay on the straight and narrow path,” Browne said