Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Wanted’ cop commits suicide

HOURS after his “Wanted” picture began circulating on a Facebook site warning the public that he was armed and dangerous, suspended Police Constable Christopher Madeira committed suicide. 

Madeira died after ingesting a quantity of weedicide in Chaguanas yesterday morning. 

On Monday his picture was posted on the Facebook profile of TV6’s crime programme Beyond the Tape. The show is hosted by head of the North Eastern Division Task Force, Inspector Roger Alexander, and TV6 presenter Marlan Hopkinson.  

The wall post which accompanied the picture read: “The first member of the protective services to grace the ‘Wall of Shame” is Christopher Madeira. If you see Madeira, do not approach or confront him since he is considered armed and extremely dangerous...instead call ANY police station, 623-0362/ 4968 or send an e-mail to beyondthetape@tv6tnt.com if you have information that could help the police capture this fugitive from the law”. 

Under his photograph, it stated he was wanted for two charges of misbehaving in public office, and  failure to appear in court. 

The charges alleged that he and Corporal Lennox John knowingly and wilfully handed over a loaded firearm and a bullet-proof vest belonging to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. 

Madeira, who was last stationed at the Scarborough Police Station, was also charged separately with handing over a loaded pistol and a bullet-proof vest. 

Madeira was released from custody on $150,000 bail, ordered to surrender his passport to the court and report to the Scarborough Police Station twice weekly. 

Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov performed the autopsy yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James. 

Alexandrov said he found approximately 200 cubic centimetres of the substance in his stomach, which amounted to approximately a regular-sized glass. 

“The major problem is that there is no antidote,” said Alexandrov. “So it doesn’t matter if someone drinks one teaspoon or a bottle. The result is the same.”