The Commissioner of Police has appointed a ‘single point of contact’ to investigate abuse complaints from soldiers in the Bermuda Regiment.

DI Mark Clarke has been designated as the point person to investigate criminal complaints.

The move comes at the request of Governor George Fergusson and follows the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold former Major Glenn Brangman’s, conviction for sex offences.

Mr Fergusson, who is the Regiment’s Commander-in-Chief, said: “Following last week’s confirmation by the Court of Appeal of the conviction for serious sexual offences of Glenn Brangman and the subsequent media reports of a series of allegations relating to his previous period of employment in the Bermuda Regiment up to 2002, I have considered possible further steps.

“I have now asked the Commissioner of Police to nominate a single point of contact for the receipt of confidential complaints with a view to undertaking a future investigation.

“I am aware that thorough investigations have been done in the past by the Regiment authorities.

“I am also, however, aware of the great difficulties, psychological and social, which victims of such crimes may face in bringing their allegations to the attention of the authorities.”

‘Professional support’

The Governor said he did not believe a ‘formal, broader inquiry’ was useful at this stage, as it would not provide ‘an appropriate a path to prosecution’.

Mr Fergusson added: “These will provide for confidentiality and professional support. 

“We are dealing with allegations of serious crimes and it is right that they should be investigated with a view to possible prosecution, if the evidence is there.” 

DI Clarke is an experienced specialist investigator in charge of the BPS Vulnerable Persons Unit.

He can be contacted in strict confidence at (441) 247-1086 or mclarke@bps.bm