Allegations that Deputy Governor Anya Williams verbally abused officers at the Grand Turk Police Station on July 31, 2013, and made derogatory comments about being disrespected by police officers are without foundation, Commissioner of Police Colin Farquhar said in a statement.
“None of the officers involved has reported any such comments by the deputy governor. These allegations appear to be fabricated,” said Farquhar.
The commissioner has nevertheless initiated an investigation by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) Professional Integrity Unit.
The investigation is continuing and no further statement will be made until it is concluded, Farquhar said.
Deputy Governor Anya Williams
Williams reportedly tried to intimidate police with strong language on behalf of her brother Dominic Swann, who had been arrested and held in custody for allegedly stealing coconuts.
The incident apparently involving Williams, who is known locally to be a level-headed individual, has prompted comments from islanders.
One asked, “Why was Swann jailed for stealing coconuts while former ministers who may have stolen millions from the public run free for years without prosecution... something is wrong with the police.”
Another said, “I believe this was a trap set for Swann.”
Meanwhile, Williams is reported to be on three weeks leave, which then necessitated Attorney General Huw Shepheard’s appointment as acting governor while Governor Ric Todd was visiting Haiti.