Friday 4 December, 2020

Officer charged with misbehaviour in public office

Inspector Voster Yearwood (Photo: TTPS)

Inspector Voster Yearwood (Photo: TTPS)

A police inspector has been charged with misbehaviour in public office and perverting the course of public justice.

In a statement today, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said Inspector Voster Yearwood was arrested and charged on Wednesday by officers of the Court and Process Branch.

The Inspector who was last attached to the SRP Adjutant Office, was charged with two offences: perverting the course of public justice and misbehaviour in public office.

The TTPS said the arrest arose out of an incident where three non-nationals, Joelmis Riqwack Mesa, Jose Maria Gonzalez and Gullermina Pena Perez, were arrested on June 5, 2017, after police conducted an enquiry after the three were observed to be acting suspiciously when the police vehicle approached them along Southern Main Road, Marabella.

The TTPS said the three non-nationals were conveyed to the Marabella Police Station to verify their immigration status, where it was discovered that two of the suspects were residing in Trinidad legally, while the third did not produce any passport or travel document.

It's alleged that on June 6, 2017, Yearwood arrived at the Marabella Police Station, identified himself as a Police Inspector to the officers on duty and said the three detainees were his friends and he could vouch for their legality in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, Yearwood was informed that no passport or travel documents were provided for Joelmis Riqwack Mesa.

It was alleged that the he then instructed a female officer to release the three non-nationals into his care. He was informed again that no passport or travel documents were produced for one of the foreigners.

The TTPS said around 12:15 am on June 6, 2017, the Inspector allegedly left the station with three non-nationals in his private motor vehicle.

Investigations were conducted which led to Yearwood being charged by Acting Senior Supt Nazrudeen Pragg, head of the Court and Process Branch.

Yearwood appeared virtually before a Justice of the Peace in Port-of-Spain today and was granted $50,000 bail on each of the charges. The case was adjourned to Tuesday 20 October.

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