WPC released in connection to deaths of Bharatt’s murder accused; SORT head still in custody

WPC released in connection to deaths of Bharatt’s murder accused; SORT head still in custody

Woman Police Constable (WPC) Laura Gadar has been released from police custody, following a High Court order this morning.

WPC Gadar, who is attached to the Special Operations Team (SORT), was detained by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) in connection with the deaths of Joel Balcon and Andrew Morris while in police custody.

Balcon and Morris were accused of murdering Andrea Bharath.

Gadar had been in custody for more than 120 hours without any charges being laid and her team of attorneys, led by Gerald Ramdeen, filed a habeas corpus on her behalf, seeking justification as to why she was continued to be detained without charge.

High Court judge, Justice Jacqueline Wilson later ordered her release.
The order was made around 10.15 a.m.

SORT Inspector Mark Hernandez, who was detained on the same day with Gadar, for questioning into the deaths of the two men in early February, remains in custody at the Pinto Road Police Station.

A habeas corpus on his behalf is expected to be heard before Justice Betsy Ann Lambert-Peterson at 3 p.m.

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