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Aug 8, 2014

Corrupt Cop’s Fate to be Determined by Chief Magistrate

Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith will hand down her ruling in two weeks in the case of police corporal Darius Martinez who is accused of attempting to corrupt a public officer back in May 2011.  During the trial which concluded on Thursday, GSU Officer, WPC Stacey Smith, told the court that she received a call from Martinez in which she recorded him asking her assistance to provide special attention to a female who had been detained pending investigations into the John McAfee case.  The entire phone conversation was heard in court by the Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The conversation was brief, and Martinez was heard saying “Yuh wah mek money. It’s nothing illegal. It’s just to take care of somebody. Nothing illegal.”  WPC Stacey claimed that Martinez attempted to obtain information gathered during a search executed at McAfee’s house in Orange Walk in exchange for money. The second witness called to the stand was Inspector Francisco Ack, who investigated the case. After testimonies, Martinez’s attorney, Anthony Sylvester made a no case submission asking the court to release the cop from the charge since at no time did he say anything to indicate that he attempted to corrupt anyone. Martinez has been on interdiction and receiving only half pay. On August twenty-second, he will learn his fate.

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