A police officer and a Special Reserve Police (SRP) have been granted a total of $140,000 bail after they appeared in court charged with stealing money from a man after arresting him, last year.
Acting Cpl Anthony Seebaran, 45, of Victory Heights, Arima, and SRP Lester Jones, 38, of Pelican Extension, Morvant, were granted bail after they appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Seebaran, who has 21 years service, and Jones, who has been an SRP for the past six years, were jointly charged with misbehaving in public office by stealing US$1,800 from Deon McClean. Seebaran received a second charge related to $150 that was also stolen from McClean.
The officers were not called upon to plead to the charges, which were laid indictable.
According to the charges, the duo allegedly stole the money on May 22, last year, after they responded to a disturbance at McClean’s home, located along the Eastern Main Road in Morvant.
McClean reported them to investigators of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) after he was released from custody and realised that the money was missing from an area of his home that was allegedly searched by the officers.
Police prosecutors did not object to bail for their colleagues during the brief hearing, instead suggesting that Gomez impose strict conditions.
Gomez granted Seebaran $80,000 bail as he was slapped with two charges, while Jones was granted $60,000 bail. Seebaran’s sister and Jones’ wife were allowed to serve as sureties for their bail.
Gomez ordered both men to report twice weekly to their nearest police station.
She was about to order them to surrender their passports before being informed by their attorneys that they had both recently expired. Gomez then granted an order prohibiting both men from applying for new travel documents until their case is determined.
They were also ordered to refrain from making either direct or indirect contact with McClean.
The charges were laid by Sgt Greer Britton-Lawrence of the PSB.
The officers are expected to reappear in court on March 29.
- by Derek Achong