On Wednesday, November 21st, MNI Media received a tip-off that one of Montserrat's most prominent Lawyers, David S Brandt, was taken into police custody.
After spending some time checking with official sources on Montserrat as to the nature of Attorney Brandt's arrest, MNI Media can report what we have so far uncovered.
Attorney David S. Brandt was taken into custody on Montserrat on Wednesday, November 21st by Members of the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS), assisted by the members UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).
The UK's National Crime Agency, it is important to note, is not the same as Scotland Yard. Both are two separate entities involved in Law Enforcement.
Further information MNI has uncovered is that a set of new charges have been laid against Attorney Brandt. These are different to the charges laid during his first arrest back in 2015. These new charges, according to Montserrat's Commissioner of Police Mr Steve Foster includes:
2 counts of child sexual exploitation
1 count of perverting the course of justice
Attorney Brandt was released on bail on Friday, November 23rd, to the amount of EC$90,000 (EC$30K for each new charge that was laid) with one surety, and also under the conditions of his previous bail back in 2015.
Brandt is due to appear back in Court on Montserrat on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, in relation to these new charges that have been brought against him.
The previous charges against Attorney Brandt were first laid in 2015 following his initial arrest that took place on Friday, September 18, 2015. He was then charged the following Monday, September 21st, 2015 with two counts of conspiracy to have sexual intercourse with a minor. Back then in 2015, Brandt was released on EC$20, 000 bail.
Staying with the 2015 arrest sequence, Attorney Brandt, along with his wife, were both taken into police custody once again on Friday, September 25. The charges that were laid for that second arrest was that of possession of an unlicensed pellet gun. The gun was allegedly discovered upon a forensic search of the couple's residential property that was conducted by law enforcement officials. (Read the MNI Alive Report on this arrest by CLICKING HERE)
The prosecuting Attorney for this latest arrest and new charges laid against Attorney Brandt is Anesta Weekes Q.C.
The National Crime Agency based in the UK, who are assisting the RMPS with this matter describe their role as being "to protect the public from the most serious threats by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who present the highest risk to the UK."
They further indicate that they lead their own operations, as well as "develop and disseminate intelligence to partners, support and coordinate national and international activity, recover assets and prevent and disrupt criminal activity."
The NCA also provides specialist operational capabilities such as offender profiling and serious crime analysis to support police and partners in law enforcement.
In describing their Officers, the NCA states that their 4,200 officers are based across the UK and also "in strategic locations around the world."
They also state that NCA Officers work in a wide range of roles, "from investigations to intelligence, child protection, strategy, communications, facilities and finance."