A CORPORAL with 23 years’ service as a police officer faced the court yesterday charged with making a false entry in a police station diary and accepting a $2,000 bribe.
Corporal John Joseph of Couva appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court represented by attorneys Taradath Singh and Richard Sirju.
Joseph faced the charge which alleged that last week Friday he, being a member of the Trinidad and Tobago and Police Service, with intent to deceive, entered a false statement in the police station diary that another police officer had warned a man about his behaviour and about playing loud music.
Two other charges were read that he, as an agent of the State, at Main Road Chaguanas, allegedly corruptly agreed to accept and then allegedly corruptly accepted $2,000 as a reward for causing the release of a man without him being charged, after the man had been held for using obscene language and resisting arrest.
The charges, laid by Insp Ramdhanie Dipchand of the Emergency 999, were all indictable and Joseph was not called upon to enter a plea.
Singh asked for reasonable bail for his client.
He said that Joseph, 43, was a father of two who also cared for his 80-year-old disabled grandmother.
The defence attorney said Joseph had been in custody for five days and during this time he was kept at the Chaguanas, Marabella and San Fernando police stations.
He said Joseph had no previous matters before the court and was not a flight risk.
No objection was made by the police prosecutor for Joseph being placed on bail.
Magistrate Rae Roopchan placed him on $75,000 bail to cover the three charges.
The matters were transferred to Chaguanas and Joseph is expected to face the magistrate there today.