Friday 24 May, 2019

Detective charged with soliciting money to investigate murder case

A 36-year-old detective constable was on Tuesday offered bail in the St Catherine Parish Court on charges of perverting the course of justice and attempting to solicit money in breach of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Allegations are that in November 2016, Oneil Barrett of the Major Investigative Division (MID) demanded $30,000 from the complainant in order to pursue a murder investigation into the death of the complainant’s sister.

The matter was reported to the police and following a ruling from the Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions (DPP), Barrett was taken into custody and charged.

In applying for bail on Barrett's behalf, Attorney Peter Champagnie told the court that his client was not guilty of the charges, and had merely related to the complainant that the eyewitness to her relative’s murder wanted $30,000 to give a written statement about the murder.

Barrett was offered bail in the sum of $150,000 with strict reporting conditions.

He is scheduled to return to court on October 19.

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