Cop freed of bribery charge

– after complainant refuses to give evidence

A policeman, accused of corruptly obtaining money, had the charge against him dismissed yesterday after the complainant opted not to give evidence.

Lance Corporal Rohan Persaud, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in Georgetown, was alleged to have corruptly obtained $40,000 for Constable 20277 Higgins and woman police officer B Sutton as an inducement to forego charges against Chanderpaul Bissoon on May 9, at the Timehri Police Station.

Persaud, who is stationed at Impact Base, pleaded not guilty.

The court heard from attorney Patrice Henry, who represented the accused, that Bissoon no longer wished to offer evidence against him.

This information was supported by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, who told the court that from the inception Bissoon declined to proceed with the matter. Bissoon was then called upon to give sworn evidence of this fact. Bissoon, during his testimony, told the court that he was neither forced nor threatened to forego the complaint and that it was done of his own free will.

As a result, the charge against Persaud was dismissed.

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