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Police officer charged with stabbing two men

A police constable was charged on Wednesday with a stabbing that left two men in hospital.

Prosecutors say Vernon Varence, 23, of Palm Beach Street, stabbed Nolin Flowers and Kashif Satchell on September 5.

Varence is accused of causing grievous harm to Flowers, who is in critical condition at hospital.

He is accused of causing harm to Satchell, whose injuries were less serious.

Varence pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.

She remanded him to the Central Police Station after his lawyer Keith Bell said that he had filed an emergency bail application.

Prosecuting Sergeant 3605 Samantha Miah asked the court to allow police officers to take Varence before the commissioner of police, prior to his remand at the station.

However, Ferguson-Pratt said she didn’t have the jurisdiction to grant the request. The magistrate said in her nine years on the bench, police officers were usually discharged prior to their court appearance.

Bell said he would ensure Varence visits police headquarters, once granted bail.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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