Sunday 5 July, 2020

Police Officer on $100,000 bail for misbehaviour in public office

A police officer with 19 years of service has been granted bail of $100,000 after appearing before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on two counts of misbehaviour in public office.

PC Michael Mayhew appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in the First Court yesterday.

After the charges were read to him, he was granted bail and the matter was postponed to February 14.

Sgt Leon Modeste of the Professional Standards Bureau  (PSB) is the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.

Mayhew was last attached to the Western Division’s Emergency Response Patrol (ERP) Unit.

He was charged with the offenses following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard on Thursday.

A 36-year-old differently-abled vendor reported to police that on June 13, 2019, two police officers took him to the Maraval Police Station in a marked TTPS vehicle under the pretense of serving him a summons.

He alleged that while there, the officers searched his vehicle and found TT$3,500 which they took and threatened to prosecute him for possession of ammunition.

Following the incident, a report was made to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) and an investigation was launched.

PC Mayhew was arrested on September 23, 2019, at the ERP office Police Academy, St James, and subsequently charged by Sgt Modeste.

The investigation was supervised by acting ACP Totaram Dookhie with assistance from Supt Anthony Remy, Insp Sheridon Hill and acting Cpl Kelvin Marcano.

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