Two police officers are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with misbehaviour in public office, along with robbery.
The charges follow an incident involving three Venezuelan nationals, which occurred on 9th March 2020.
42-year-old Corporal Hadeed Mohammed (who has 20 years’ service with the TTPS), and 26-year-old Mukesh Sylvester (who has 6 years’ service), were both last attached to the North Eastern Division’s Emergency Response Patrol.
The men were charged with the offence on Thursday 12 March, 2020, following advice received from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
According to official police reports, on Monday 9 March 2020, the victims—Venezuelan nationals—were at an apartment building in the Barataria district, when two police officers forcibly gained entry into the premises. The officers reportedly then proceeded to rob the victims of a quantity of US and TT currency at gunpoint before escaping.
A report was made to the police and investigations found that the two police officers were on duty at the time the alleged offences were committed.
They were subsequently arrested by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) on Tuesday 10 March 2020, in connection with the incident.