Two SRP officers appear in court jointly charged with four counts of misbehaviour in public office

Two special reserve police officers, Navindra Sinanan, 41, from McBean Village, Couva and Nigel Dhanpat, 38, of Tumpuna Road, Arima appeared before a Chagunas Magistrate jointly charged with four counts of misbehaviour in public office arising out of two separate incidents.

They were each granted $200,000 bail with surety.

The matter was postponed to December 11th.

According to police reports,  Sinanan and Dhanpat, who were last attached to the Chaguanas Rapid Response Unit, are alleged to have robbed a 19-year-old male victim of two Samsung S8 cellular phones and a quantity of cash, on anuary 27th in the Chaguanas district.

The victim was reportedly involved in an argument with a woman at Price Plaza, Chaguanas, earlier that day and the police contacted. 

The accused responded to the report and allegedly took the victim to Penco Street, Montrose, Chaguanas, where he was robbed. 

A report about the incident was made by the victim to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) on January 29th.

The accused are also alleged to have forced a 52-year-old produce vendor into a marked police vehicle, while on mobile patrol along the Chaguanas Main Road, on March 24th. 

The victim alleged that he was robbed of produce valued at $100 and $400 in cash and made to purchase drinks worth $40.

A report was made to the PSB on the same date of this incident, leading to an investigation being launched by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Andy Belfon, of the PSB. 

 The officers were arrested on August 15th and subsequently charged by PC Ralph Rampersad, of the PSB, on August 18th following advice received from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC. 

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