Man accused of disarming a police woman charged with attempted murder


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN was imprisoned yesterday after being accused of attacking and disarming a woman police officer last month after a high-speed chase following an alleged housebreaking.

Magistrate Algernon Allen, Jr, charged Kenneth Sweeting, 29, with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and aggravated assault. 

Police reportedly engaged the defendant in a chase on Ocean Street and Malcolm Road after responding to a housebreaking alert in the area at noon on January 18. Authorities stopped the silver coloured Nissan Cube the suspects were driving on Pebbles and Jumbey Drives. 

Sweeting, after getting out of the vehicle, is accused of lunging at Officer Kimberley Rolle-Francis and attempting to take her Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol. When the accused successfully wrestled the gun from the officer, her partner, PC Jayson McHardy, shot Sweeting in his hand and lower torso.

The defendant was then detained and successfully treated for his gunshot injuries in hospital.

A search of the vehicle found suspected stolen goods. A 34-year-old male accomplice was also arrested at the scene of the shooting. 

Sweeting was told that his case would be moved to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI). He will be sent to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until the higher court grants him bail. 

The accused’s VBI is due for service on April 3.

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