Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Three police officers get $550K bail for misbehaviour in public office

Bail in the sum of $550,000 was granted to three officers who were charged with the offence of misbehaviour in public office.

The three officers, Sgt Ramgoolan Deosaran, 44, and PC Anton Samson, 38, and PC Inshan Khan, 32, all appeared before Magistrate Marisa Gomez in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon.

They were represented by attorney Taradath Singh.

Sgt. Cleeve Grey was the charging officer in the matter.

After the charges were read, bail applications were made by Singh, which were successful.

Deosaran was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 to cover all four charges against him while Samson and Khan were each granted bail in the sum of $150,000.

The matter was then transferred to the Chaguanas Magistrates' Court.

It is expected to be recalled on July 9 as the offences allegedly took place in the precincts of that court.

The arrests stem from allegations in which a 51-year-old businessman claimed that the officers detained him against his will, and attempted to extort $50,000 from him.

On Thursday, the businessman went to purchase a vehicle in the Central Division, when he was allegedly confronted by the three officers.

One of the officers, investigators were told, was brandishing their firearm.

They detained the victim and allegedly searched his vehicle and claimed that they found an illegal item.

They kept the victim against his will and forced him to come up with the cash to secure his release.

Eventually, the businessman was able to come up with $35,000 and he was eventually let go.

The businessman recorded part of this ordeal on his phone and immediately after the incident, he made a report to the Professional Standards Bureau.

This led to the arrest of the three officers.

The sergeant has 22-years of service; the 38-year-old constable has nine years of service; while the 32-year-old constable has 10 years of service.

All are said to be attached to the Chaguanas Robbery Squad.

All three officers were charged for the following offences

Whilst performing the duties as a police officer in which the public has an interest misbehaved themselves whilst acting in such office by assaulting the victim with intent to rob the victim.

Whilst performing the duties of a police officer in which the public has an interest did misbehave themselves in such office by placing the victim under false imprisonment.

Deosaran faced two additional charges, namely -

That whilst performing the duties of a police officer in which the public has an interest did misbehave himself in the said office by demanding $50,000 by menace.

For obstructing the police in the execution of their duty by issuing threats to the victim during the course of the inquiries.

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