Friday 5 June, 2020

Three Denham Town cops get bail on extortion charges

Three policemen who are attached to the Denham Town Police Station in West Kingston, who were arrested and slapped with corruption-related charges by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), are scheduled to return to court on November 19.

The date was set when the three - Corporal Kevin Watson and Constables Ricaldo Thompson and Andre Thomas - appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, charged with breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

They have been accused of attempting to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from a man while he was incarcerated.

The accused policemen were each offered bail in the sum of $250,000.

The court was told that in December 2015, the complainant was charged with shooting-related offences by the Denham Town police, but was freed of the charge in February of this year.

The court was also told that on the very day he was released, the complainant was again arrested by cops attached to the Denham Town Police Station and told that he was a person of interest. At that time, the cops reportedly demanded $250,000 to release him.

The man reportedly paid over $50,000 of the amount that was allegedly demanded by the cops.

Earlier this month, the complainant was again picked up by the cops, who demanded an additional $100,000 for his release.

He is said to have paid over J$58,000 and US$200 to the cops, and later reported the matter to MOCA after being released.

The three cops were subsequently arrested and charged following a probe that was carried out by the anti-corruption agency.

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