Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Two cops convicted of $150,000 bribe to release man wanted for murder

Two of three policemen who were accused of soliciting and accepting $150,000 for not arresting a man who was wanted for murder, were found guilty of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act when they appeared in the Hanover Parish Court on Friday.

The two are constables Andre Drummond and Shemroy Hewitt, both from the Hanover Police Division.

Conrad Clarke, a third constable from the division, who was charged with aiding and abetting the soliciting and acceptance of the money, was, however, found not guilty.

Constables Drummond and Hewitt are to be sentenced on August 31.

They were both remanded in custody, pending social enquiry reports.

The court was told that during vehicular checkpoint duties in January 2017, a car was stopped, from which Hewitt and Drummond took a wanted man and the driver of the car into custody in a police vehicle.

On their way to the Lucea Police Station, they reportedly bargained with the men for a sum to be paid for their release.

Based on evidence that was presented in court, the driver was subsequently taken to a bank and directed to make a withdrawal.

He withdrew $150,000, which he gave to Hewitt, who left in the police vehicle with Drummond.

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