Senior Jamaica cop fined J$800,000 or six months over attempt to pervert justice

(Jamaica Gleaner) KINGSTON, Jamaica: Senior Superintendent James Forbes has been fined J$800,000 or six months in prison on the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

James Forbes
James Forbes

Resident Magistrate Stephanie Jackson-Haisley handed down the sentence in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

It comes six days after Forbes’ conviction on a single corruption charge stemming from a traffic case involving businessman Bruce Bicknell.

However, Forbes’ attorneys have signaled that they will appeal the conviction.

The magistrate had the option of imposing a fine or sentencing Forbes to prison for up to three years.

Forbes was arrested and charged for attempting to pervert the course of justice arising from a meeting he admitted facilitating between Bicknell and two police sergeants who had arrested the businessman in 2012 for allegedly offering them a bribe during a traffic stop in east Kingston.

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