FISHERMAN Rennie Jagbandhansingh was yesterday sentenced to a prison term for bribing a police officer.
Jagbandhansingh, 29, of Rousillac, will spent three months in jail after he pleaded guilty to offering a bribe to Constable Donald Snaggs to forego a marijuana charge against him (Jagbandhansingh).
Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds commended the officer, saying that it showed that the country could have trust and confidence in police officers.
On Tuesday, Jagbandhansingh appeared before Ramsumair-Hinds and the court heard that around 4.50 p.m. the previous day, police searched the car in which he and another man were seated. Marijuana amounting to 6.2 grammes was found on the floor of the car.
While being arrested, Jagbandhansingh told Snaggs: “Boss, give me a chance nah. Look, take this envelope. It has $10,000 in it.”
Snaggs, who is attached to the Southern Division Task Force, saw $100 bills in the envelope.
When Jagbandhansingh was told of the offence of bribing the officer, he again asked to be freed and told the officer there was $20,000 in the envelope and he could take it all.
“I won’t say anything,” he told the policeman.
Yesterday, Ramsumair-Hinds noted that Jagbandhansingh had immediately placed “quite an attractive sum of money” in the officer’s hand.
The magistrate said that she viewed being caught “begging for a chance” as being different to attempting to bribe a police officer.
She commended Snaggs for having the fortitude to resist temptation and said that he was an example for citizens.
Ramsumair-Hinds said that in passing sentence she had to deter Jagbandhansingh and others from such an act of bribing a police officer.
He was sent to jail for three months.
Ramsumair-Hinds said that while Jagbandhansingh had made a foolish decision, there were consequences.
“It is a hard lesson to learn but I had to do it,” she said.
Jagbandhansingh, who was represented by attorney Jason Jackson, was fined $1,000 for possession of the marijuana.
The bribe money is to be returned to Jagbandhansingh.
He was jointly charged with possession of the marijuana with Robert Bridgemohan, 42, of South Oropouche.
Bridgemohan has been placed on $10,000 bail and will reappear in court on August 19.