Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Cop brothers charged with misbehaviour in public office

Photos courtesy TTPS: 
PC Justin Bart (left), PC Johnathon Bart (right)

Photos courtesy TTPS: PC Justin Bart (left), PC Johnathon Bart (right)

Two police constables were expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Thursday, jointly charged with misbehaviour in public office. 

The accused are 26-year-old PC Jonathan Bart, last attached to the Western Division Criminal Investigation Division with five years' service and his brother, 24-year-old PC Justin Bart who has four years’ service and was last attached to the Western Division Task Force.

They were charge on Wednesday, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard.

The victim, a 30-year-old man, told police that on March 18, 2018, he was at a grocery in St James when he was confronted by two police officers who assaulted him. He said he informed them that he was going to report the incident and proceeded to the Central Police Station. 

The two officers allegedly followed him there and arrested him while he was making the report. The victim was kept in custody and was charged by one of the officers on the following day for the use of obscene language, resisting arrest and obstructing police in the execution of their duty.

The report of the incident was investigated by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) which resulted in the two officers being arrested on Monday. 

Investigations were led by acting ACP Totaram Dookhie, assisted by Superintendent Anthony Remy and Insp Sheridon Hill, while the charges were laid by Cpl Lawrence Joefield, all of the PSB.

The charges against the victim will be discontinued by the DPP.

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