At the Springlands Court yesterday Magistrate Krishndat Persaud sentenced a policeman to six years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Reports are that the police constable, Kellon Kingston, 23, of Lot 33 Rosignol Public Road along with his alleged accomplice, Elroy Lancaster, 30 of 57 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam robbed a woman at her Kingston, Corriverton home on May 25.
They reportedly stole the narcotic to wit eight and a half grams of cocaine, $40,000 and an imitation bangle worth $5,000 from Cush after posing as potential buyers of the drug.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Michael Grant told the court that as the woman was about to sell them the items they held on to her and told them that they were police. They then relieved her of the articles.
She reported the robbery to the Springlands Police Station and ranks there informed their counterparts at Whim where a roadblock was immediately set up.
The duo was then intercepted in a car, HA 8162 that was driven by Lancaster. They were searched and found with the cocaine and other articles.
Kingston begged for leniency and the magistrate who considered that he “did not waste the court’s time” did not impose the maximum penalty of five years for each offence.
Magistrate Persaud reprimanded him though, that he was a policeman and “should have known better.”
Kingston whose sentence would run concurrently was further fined $10,000 or six months imprisonment for the narcotic charge.
The matter was first called at the New Amsterdam Court before Magistrate Nigel Hawke and the men were not required to plead. Lancaster who also appeared at court yesterday pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to return to court on July 23.