[www.inewsguyana.com] – Two Police officers charged with accepting a bribe were placed on $100,000 bail on each charge by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine – Beharry on Monday, June 22.
Fifty-one-year old Sergeant Collin Bailey of Lot 63 South Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara and 29 – year – old Paul Paddy of Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, both appeared before the court to answer the charges.
They denied that on May 7, whilst they were employed as agents of the government at the Vigilance Police Station, they collected $300,000 as inducement for the release of a prisoner, Kissoondat Premsook.
Bailey pleaded not guilty to an additional charge, which alleged that on June 15, he received from Premsook $50,000 as inducement for not charging him.
The duo was represented by Attorney-at-law, Jerome Khan, who told the Court that his clients are innocent of the allegations and it was a trap. The lawyer argued that there is no foundation for charges laid.
Khan requested that both policemen be placed on their own recognizance, urging the Court that both men have fully cooperated with the police during the investigations.
Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Bharrat Mangru did not object to self-bail but requested that the men lodge their passports. Bailey was placed on a total of $200,000 bail and Paddy was placed on $100,000 bail. The matter was transferred before Vigilance Magistrate Court for July 9.