Dorian Pakeman Charges Coming; Department Was Fair to Alfonso Noble in Mishaps
Dorian Pakeman and Alfonso Noble are both highly connected U.D.P. loyalists. Pakeman in March and Noble in December of 2016 knocked down and killed two men in separate incidents. Now, these fatal RTAs have garnered just about enough, or too much attention, because of how they have been handled so far. We’ve heard of the tampering in Pakeman’s, which has dragged on for months and then there was the detention of Noble for four days – this was not in a holding cell, but in an office. So, today we asked Minister of Police Elodio Aragon what is going on with Pakeman’s case and why Noble wasn’t served with the Notice of Intended Prosecution and released as we’ve seen in the past with others involved in RTAs? Well, Aragon said that he didn’t have all the information on the Pakeman case at the time, but he believes it is progressing. He also commented on whether Noble’s four-day detention was irregular or not. Here’s what he had to say on both incidents:
Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Police
“As far as I know the people who deal with that from Traffic Department will be dealing with that. All I know from the last update is that charges are to be laid etc, nuh?”
“Sir, over the Christmas weekend, you had the incident with Mister Noble. The way the Police Department treated that situation, was that out of the ordinary that he was detained for the entire weekend – four days – and usually these persons would be served an NIP- but he was held for the weekend and kept in an office?”
Elodio Aragon Jr.
“Well, you know, Police wise I could tell you that they have always been served with an NIP because it is an accident and an accident has to be investigated to see who is wrong etc.. From the information I had gotten is that the Police Officer on the ground had made the determination that he was at fault; this is allegedly because I don’t know for sure. So, based on that he was charged and that is why he could not be sent before a Magistrate and therefore he could not be given bail, nuh? This to me, we have to look at it likewise that Mister Noble is a political person and therefore the Police Department may have felt in a way that had they given him or served him with an NIP would in a way let the Government look like they are taking preference. To me, on a professional level, I think everybody should be treated the same way and if it is an accident and the normal course and procedure is to be served with an NIP etc, then that should have been the case. Like I said, that was at the purview of the Commission of Police. He is the head of the Department and he made those calls. As the Minister, I will respect his decision in terms of looking at how he runs the Police Department. But of course, I always believe that we should treat people fairly no matter who they are and deal with them across the board.”