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Warrant Not Fake But Police Admit ‘Human Error’

Daniel Isaac
Daniel Isaac

POLICE have denied that a search warrant executed on a man in Saltibus last month was a fake. However they have fingered human error for the warrant not being dated as it should.

This newspaper last week broke the story of Daniel Isaac, of Saltibus crying foul over a search warrant handed to him by police that he claimed was filled out by police while they were on his premises.

The police press department weighed in on the matter directing The VOICE to the section of the Criminal Code that deals with search and seizure.

Fire policemen searched Isaac’s home and came away empty handed. However, Isaac accused them of handing him a “fake” warrant because it was not dated and was written up by them just prior to searching his home.

Isaac claimed that the information regarding his name and other particulars the police needed to fill up the blank spaces on the warrant came from his identification card which he was told to hand over when the police entered his premises.

Police have since responded to Isaac’s claims denying all, except the one warrant was not dated.

“The warrant was signed by a Justice of the Peace. The investigator categorically denied preparing the warrant in the presence of the suspect. The investigator did admit that the date was omitted however noted that this was an error, human error,” Corporal Zachary Hippolyte of the Police Press Relations Department said.

The Corporal added that if the manner in which the warrant was written up as claimed by Isaac was correct, then it would have been wrong for the police officer to execute it, but it was not wrong for a police officer to execute a warrant in the course of an investigation.

Isaac, an ex-British soldier has vowed not to let the matter rest.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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