defending cops: Israel Khan
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Police fail to send file to DPP...
THE case against two police officers charged with perverting the course of public justice was adjourned yesterday after no State attorney was appointed to prosecute the matter.
Court prosecutor Insp Callister Charles told Magistrate Marcia Murray that the police's file against their colleagues was incomplete and could not be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a State attorney to be appointed.
Since the two are members of the protective services, a State prosecutor must be appointed to prosecute.
The officers, Cpl Junior Bernard, 44, and WPC Nikita Johnson, 30, who were both last attached to the Valencia Police Station, will appear before Murray on December 11.
The officers were represented by defence attorney Celeste St Louis, who held for Senior Counsel Israel Khan.
Bernard and Johnson are jointly charged with perverting the course of public justice on various days between March 27, 2005 and May 12, 2012 by being in possession of fraudulent search warrants.
Bernard faces two additional charges of misbehaviour in public office by uttering fraudu- lent search warrants with intent to deceive.
Those offences are alleged to have taken place on February 2 at the Valencia Police Post and on March 28 at Plantation Road, Valencia.