Police constable accused of stealing gun, ammo from GPF charged

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Accused: Police constable Cornell Paul making his way from the courtroom on Monday

A police constable attached to the Brickdam Police Station Impact Base was on Monday granted bail in the sum $150,000 by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared before her in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a simple larceny charge.

21-year-old Cornell Paul of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo denied the allegation that was made out against him.

The charge alleged that on February 3, 2018 he stole a .38 special revolver valued $165,000, a special revolver holster valued $60,000 and six .38 ammunition valued $40,750, a total value of $275,750, property of the Guyana Police Force.

Based on reports, Paul who was the driver of the impact base vehicle on the day in question had allegedly gone to the vehicle which was parked in the compound of the Brickdam police station but reportedly forgot the keys to the vehicle at his desk. It was alleged that he left the firearm on the vehicle and went back to the office to uplift the keys. Upon returning Paul noticed that the firearm was missing.

Further reports stated that he then went to the officer in charge at the time and informed her of what had transpired.

Defense attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat in a bail application told the court that his client never left the compound after same was reported. Fung-A-Fat noted that the gun along with the holster and matching rounds were never found.

More so, police prosecutor Neville Jeffers made no objections to bail being granted but requested that conditions be applied.

Paul was ordered to report to the Brickdam Police Station on a weekly basis until completion of the matter.

After summing up the matter the Chief Magistrate placed the officer on $200,000 bail after which he stated that he could not afford same.

Bail was reduced to $150,000 and the matter was adjourned until August 24, 2018.

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