No comment on civil servant’s status

The Government has refused to say if it has suspended a civil servant accused of an assault on a 17-year-old girl when she refused to board a flight to the United States.

The worker is alleged in an official document seen by The Royal Gazette to have assaulted the child at LF Wade International Airport on May 8.

Police confirmed that a complaint had been made in connection with the alleged incident and the matter was under investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Legal Affairs refused to comment on whether the civil servant had been suspended. She said: “The ministry will not be forwarding any comment.”

Derrick Binns, Head of the Civil Service, did not respond to a request for comment.

The teenager did not have legal representation at the time of the incident, but she is now represented by Saul Dismont, a lawyer at Marshall, Diel&Myers.

MDM said in a letter on May 12 that it understood the that the assault was alleged to have happened “when our client complained that she did not want to be sent to a secure treatment facility in the US, which is where she was being sent”.

Mr Dismont said yesterday he was unable to comment further.

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