Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Cop and pump attendant freed of petrol-related fraud charges

A police constable and a service station pump attendant were last week freed of fraud charges in the St Catherine Parish Court.

Mark Gordon, the 38-year-old cop, has been attached to the Scene of Crime Unit in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Gordon and the co-accused, Antoine Lindo, were alleged to have participated in a scheme in which fictitious Government gas vouchers were tendered for a particular police service vehicle, even though the stipulated travel was reportedly not done.

Both accused persons were freed after the presiding parish judge submissions from their attorneys, Peter Champagnie QC and Walter Melbourne, that the evidence against both men was inadmissible in court.

The allegations were that on May 20, 2016, the police officer tendered fictitious Government gas vouchers to Lindo for the police unit for travels that had not been done, and Lindo in turn, gave Gordon cash for the amounts of money that were on the vouchers.

During the trial, the prosecution sought to present evidence through the arresting officer and a confession that was purportedly made by the policeman’s co-accused.

However, Champagnie, who represented the lawman, submitted that the proposed evidence from the prosecution was inadmissible, including that, as a case in point, the supposed confession statement did not meet the requisite legal requirements for such a statement.

The prosecution subsequently conceded, and the cases against both accused men were subsequently dismissed.


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