Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Police sergeant, security guards to face court for kidnapping

From left to right: Sgt. Preston George, Eldon Asoon, Leon Edwards, Keon Attzs

From left to right: Sgt. Preston George, Eldon Asoon, Leon Edwards, Keon Attzs

A police sergeant with 20 years’ service, along with three security guards are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Monday, to answer charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Sgt. Preston George, 43, last attached to the Police Academy’s Driving School, as well as Estate Superintendent and owner of J178 Security Limited, Eldon Asoon, 55 and his two employees; Leon Edwards, 33; and Keon Attzs, 31, were all jointly charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment on Saturday.

Asoon has been in debt collection for the past 32 years.

Meanwhile, George faces an additional charge of misbehaviour in public office.

Charges were laid against the four men following an incident which allegedly occurred on June 11, in the South Western Division.

According to a report made to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB), the three security officers approached a 29-year-old male victim and demanded that he pay an outstanding debt.

The victim refused and was forced into the back of a police vehicle that was officially placed in George’s care.

The three suspects then took the victim to the Oropouche Police Station, where George allegedly made a false entry into the Station’s Diary to conceal what transpired.

Investigations were launched and supervised by ACP (Ag.) Totaram Dookhie and resulted in all four suspects being arrested on Wednesday.

Charges were laid by Cpl. Ralph Rampersad, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, SC. ASP Anthony Remy, Insp. Sheridon Hills and Cpl. Lawrence Joefield, all of PSB, rendered assistance during the investigation.

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