Friday 4 December, 2020

Two cops charged with perverting course of justice

Photo: TTPS

Photo: TTPS

Two police officers have been charged with perverting the course of justice after allegedly submitting false reports of ammunition being lost.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement today that officers Keron George and Hendron Kellon Moses were arrested and charged on October 23 based on evidence and the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC.

The TTPS said George was charged with Acts Tending to Pervert the Course of Public Justice and Larceny, while Moses was charged with Acts Tending to Pervert the Course of Public Justice.

The TTPS said George was able to secure bail in the sum of $150,000 while Moses secured bail in the sum of $60,000.

The TTPS said the accused are due to answer to the charges at the Arima Magistrates’ Court - Moses will appear today, while George is scheduled to appear on December 17.

The TTPS said at approximately 8pm on February 21, 2020, Officers George and Moses, in company with another police officer, reported and left the Arima Police Station on mobile patrol in the Arima district.

PC George was issued with a TTPS GALIL rifle with 35 rounds 5.56 ammunition and a TTPS Sig Sauer pistol with two magazines and 30 rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition.

While on patrol at Sorzano Street, Arima, PC George informed PC Moses and the other officer on patrol that one of his magazines had malfunctioned and all of the 15 rounds 9mm ammunition contained in that magazine had fallen out. PC George then checked the rounds in the presence of the two other officers and secured the 15 rounds 9mm ammunition and the magazine on his person.

The TTPS said on the morning of February 22 at 12:40 am, PC George returned to the Arima Police Station in company with PC Moses and the other police officer and reported an off mobile patrol where it is alleged that he reported that 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition which was issued to him was lost in some bushes along Old Brazil Road, Arima whilst giving chase to suspicious persons.

Ag. Inspector Joseph, the Duty Inspector, who was present at the station conducted an initial enquiry and requested reports from PC George, PC Moses and the other police officer.

At 5:30 am on February 22, PC George allegedly submitted a handwritten, one-page report where he stated that he had lost 15 rounds 9mm ammunition due to a faulty magazine, while giving chase to suspects along the Old Brazil Road, Arima to Ag Inspector Joseph.

The TTPS said PC Moses also allegedly submitted a handwritten, one-page report which stated that PC George had lost 15 rounds 9mm ammunition due to a faulty magazine, while giving chase to suspects along the Old Brazil Road, Arima to Ag Inspector Joseph. Ag

Inspector Joseph reported his findings to Ag ASP Birch who caused a search to be conducted by members of the Northern Division Task Force at the alleged area of the chase along Old Brazil Road, Arima in company with the accused and the use of a metal detector, however no ammunition was found.

Ag Inspector Joseph conducted further interviews on the morning of Saturday the 22nd of October and questioned the two accused and recorded a statement from the other officer who was on patrol with the accused.

The officer stated that there was no chase at Old Brazil Road, Arima, only a malfunction of the magazine at Sorzano Street, Arima. Ag Inspector Joseph then contacted the Professional Standards Bureau and made a report.

The TTPS said as a result, on October 22 George was arrested and on October 23 he was charged with doing an Act to Pervert the Course of Public Justice to wit, submitting a false report and Larceny of 15 rounds 9-millimetre ammunition.

The TTPS said on October 23, Moses was arrested and charged with doing an Act to Pervert the Course of Public Justice to wit, submitting a false report. 

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