Policeman freed of corruption charge

By Clinton McGregor
A police corporal on trial for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act was freed when he appeared before the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday.
Corporal Andrew Tinker was freed after the presiding judge, Nicole Kellier, upheld no case submissions by his attorney.
The policeman, who is attached to the Spanish Town police station, was charged two years ago following an investigation by the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau, relating to allegations of corruption.
Prosecutors led evidence that on September 20, 2019, the wife of the complainant was arrested by the Spanish Town police for breaches of the Spirit Licence Act.
The man went to the station to bail his wife when he was reportedly approached by the policeman who demanded $2,000 in order to reduce her bail from $50,000 to $30,000.
But according to the report, after reviewing the bail papers, the complainant realised that the original station bail was in fact set at $30,000.
A report was later filed with the Inspectorate unit which led to the arrest and charge of Corporal Tinker.
At the trial, judge Kellier agreed with the defence that the identification evidence of the witness was faulty and did not fit the description of Corporal Tinker.

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