Two police constables appeared before the Port of Spain 5th Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with three counts of misbehaviour in public office and one count of attempting to pervert the course of public justice.
No. 19247 PC Jonathon Bart, 26, with five years’ service and last attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Western Division and No. 7944 PC Jonathan Hinds, 25, with six years’ service and also attached to the Western Division, stood before Magistrate Cheryl-Ann Antoine on Monday 14th October 2019, to answer to the charges.
The officers were granted $200,000 bail each and the matter was adjourned to Thursday 17th October.
On Monday 29th July 2019, two police officers went to Ravine Road, Petit Valley. While there, they attempted to take possession of a motor vehicle belonging to a 53-year-old a maxi taxi operator. When the victim refused to part with the vehicle, one of the officers severely wounded him and also damaged his spectacles valued at $3900.
The victim was placed in a marked police vehicle, where he was further assaulted by the two police officers. He was conveyed to West End Police Station where he was charged for the offences of:
1. Disorderly behaviour;
2. Obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty; and, 3. Resisting arrest.
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Police Constables Appear in Court for Misbehaviour in Public Office
A report was made to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) and investigations were conducted. Bart was subsequently arrested at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 10th October 2019, while Hinds was arrested at his home on that same date.
On Sunday 13th October 2019, Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, gave advice to charge the two officers.
The accused were charged with the offences by Sgt. Leon Modeste of the PSB.
The investigation was led by ACP (Ag.), Totaram Dookhie and included Supt. Anthony Remy, Insp. Sheridon Hill, Sgt. Brian Nixon and Cpl. Joel Sifontes.