Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wild meat changes hands

TWO municipal police officers attached to the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation made their appearance before a Chaguanas magistrate yesterday on four corruption charges.

The officers—Cpl Lisa O'Brian-Castellano, 44, and PC Francis Salvary, 36—appeared before Magistrate Avason Quinlan in the First Court, charged with corruptly soliciting and receiving items from a wild meat vendor in Caroni last month and earlier this week.

They allegedly took a "tatu" (armadillo), valued at $650, from the vendor on November 17; and a lappe, valued at $750, on Tuesday.

Upon their appearance, the officers, who were unrepresented, were not called upon to plead, as the charges were laid indictably.

Following the alleged incident on Tuesday, the vendor made a report to police, after which the officers were arrested at their place of work by Sgt Gobin and Cpl Pierre of Caroni Police Station.

On Thursday evening, Pierre received instructions from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to lay the charges.

During yesterday's hearing, the officer who prosecuted the matter informed the court the relevant files would be forwarded to the office of the DPP in order to have a State attorney appointed.

The officers were each granted bail in the sum of $65,000 and will return to court on January 4.