$200,000 bail for cops charged with misbehaviour in office

Two po­lice of­fi­cers were grant­ed bail of $200,000 on charges of mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of pub­lic jus­tice.

On Ju­ly 29, two po­lice of­fi­cers went to Ravine Road in Pe­tit Val­ley where they al­leged­ly ap­proached the vic­tim to take pos­ses­sion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle as a re­sult of a dis­pute of own­er­ship of the said mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

The vic­tim, 53, a maxi taxi op­er­a­tor re­fused to part with the ve­hi­cle. One of the of­fi­cers al­leged­ly se­vere­ly in­flict­ed an as­sault on the vic­tim’s left ear, rup­tur­ing the vic­tim’s eardrum and al­so dam­ag­ing the vic­tim’s eye­glass­es val­ued $3,900. The vic­tim was placed in a marked po­lice ve­hi­cle where he was al­leged­ly fur­ther as­sault­ed by the said two po­lice of­fi­cers. He was tak­en to West End Po­lice Sta­tion where he was pros­e­cut­ed for the of­fences of dis­or­der­ly be­hav­iour, ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer in the ex­e­cu­tion of their du­ty and re­sist­ing an ar­rest.

A re­port was made at the Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards Bu­reau and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­duct­ed.

On Oc­to­ber 10, PC Jonathan Bart, 26, with five years ser­vice and as­signed to the CID West­ern Di­vi­sion was ar­rest­ed at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate’s court, and PC Jonathan Hinds, 25, with six years ser­vice as­signed to the West­ern Di­vi­sion was ar­rest­ed at his home in Paramin.

The ad­vice of the DPP Roger Gas­pard SC was ob­tained. As a re­sult, both Hinds and Bart were pros­e­cut­ed by Sgt Leon Mod­este on three counts of mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and one count of at­tempt to per­vert the course of pub­lic jus­tice.

They both ap­peared in the Port-of-Spain Fifth Mag­is­trates’ Court be­fore mag­is­trate Cheryl Ann An­toine yes­ter­day.

The mat­ters were ad­journed to Thurs­day this week.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was led by ACP Dookhie and in­clud­ed Supt An­tho­ny Re­my, In­sp Sheri­don Hill, Sgt Bri­an Nixon and Cpl Joel Si­fontes.

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Story by RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

 

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