Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Woman corporal, constable get prison sentences for corruption breach

Detective Woman Corporal Valrie McIntosh and Constable Otwani Deer were found guilty and sentenced to nine months and 18 months’ imprisonment, respectively, for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act of 2000, when they appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court last Friday.

In a release, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) said the convictions and sentencing of the cops stemmed from an incident which occurred on Sunday, January 13, 2013, when McIntosh and Deer, who were both attached to the St Andrew North Police Division, solicited the sum of $100,000 from an individual to forego a charge against him for breaching his bail condition.

The individual explained to the cops that he did not have that amount of money at hand, and offered to give them $50,000, and pay the remaining amount the following evening, which was agreed on.

A report was subsequently made to the then Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), and a file was prepared and submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), which ruled that McIntosh and Deer be charged for Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act 2000.

Both accused were brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where the matter was tried and resulted in a guilty verdict.

Both McIntosh and Deer indicated in court that they will be appealing the sentences, and have since been offered bail in the sum of $1 million with sureties.

Following the sentencing, MOCA has indicated that members of the public who may have any information that could assist in the particular case or any other corruption investigation, to call the agency at 876-754-3435 or 876-906-5099, or make contact by email at moca@jcf.gov.jm.

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