A police Inspector, most recently attached to the SRP Adjutant Office, has been granted $100,000 bail by a Port of Spain Justice of the Peace, on charges of perverting the course of public justice and misbehaviour in public office.
The two charges were laid against Inspector VOSTER YEARWOOD, who was arrested and charged on Wednesday 14th October 2020, by officers of the Court and Process Branch, based on advice given by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC.
The Inspector’s arrest arose out of an incident on Monday 5th June 2017, involving the arrest of three non-nationals—JOELMIS RIQWACK MESA, JOSE MARIA GONZALEZ and GULLERMINA PENA PEREZ. The three suspects had been observed to be acting suspiciously when a police vehicle approached them along Southern Main Road, Marabella. They subsequently were arrested following an enquiry.
The three foreigners were conveyed to the Marabella Police Station to verify their immigration status, where it was discovered that two of the suspects were residing in Trinidad legally, while the third could not produce any passport or travel documents.
It is alleged that around 12:04 am on Tuesday 6th June 2017, Yearwood arrived at the Marabella Police Station, identified himself as a Police Inspector to the officers on duty, and allegedly indicated that three suspects who were detained at the said station were his friends and he could vouch for their legality in Trinidad and Tobago.
Yearwood was then informed that no passport or travel documents were provided for one of the suspects, JOELMIS RIQWACK MESA. It was alleged that the Inspector then instructed a female officer to release the three non-nationals into his care. He was informed again that no passport or travel documents were produced for one of the foreigners. Around 12:15 am on Tuesday 6th June, 2017, the Inspector allegedly left the station with the three non-nationals in his private motor vehicle.
Investigations were conducted which led to Yearwood being charged by Acting Senior Supt Nazrudeen Pragg, head of the Court and Process Branch.
Yearwood appeared virtually before a Justice of the Peace in Port-of-Spain, today. He was granted $50,000 bail on each of the charges.
The case was adjourned to Tuesday 20th October, 2020.