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Jun 10, 2020

2 Cops are Arraigned for Extortion!

Two cops are in trouble with the law and are facing charges of extortion. Police was quick to act and the officers were arraigned today in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court.  Corporal Raymundo Carillo and Police Constable Marlon Triminius are accused of extracting one hundred dollars from a motorist who was not carrying on him a license. The complainant says he arranged to hand over the money to the cops on Sunday, but then reported the matter. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Two cops attached to the San Ignacio Police Formation are now on interdiction after they were jointly charged with one count of extortion. Corporal Raymundo Carillo and Police Constable Marlon Triminius were today arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court.

 

Hurl Hamilton

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney-at-law

“They were arraigned on one single count jointly for the charge of extortion. They were granted bail in the sum of eight thousand dollars plus two sureties and they are to return back to court on the twenty-eighth of October this year. The charge of extortion as I understand it is by the use of force or cause one to be put in fear. They have received monies unjustifiably, from my understanding of what the charge of extortion is. Clearly, my clients deny that allegation. Actually it’s the sum of hundred dollars, the complainant is accusing both my clients to have received from him by way of a demand and putting the virtual complainant in fear. We deny those allegations of course.”

 

…but Corporal Carillo and PC Trinimius were intercepted at the Red Creek checkpoint on the George Price Highway after eleven o’clock on Sunday night with the cash.

According to the report, on Saturday, June sixth, fifty-two-year-old Gregoria Cumes left his home in La Gracia Village on a motorcycle and as he neared the Young Gyal area, he spotted a police pickup truck. Knowing that he did not carry the license for the motorbike, he rode into a yard to avoid the police. He was, however, pursued and when he could not produce the documents, the two officers demanded that he hand over one hundred dollars in exchange for his freedom. Cumes agreed to hand over the money on Sunday at four p.m., but later made a report to the Valley of Peace Police. That information was quickly forwarded to the Professional Standards Branch and a warrant for the arrest of the officers was issued. Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police Formation, Superintendent Henry Jemmott says crimes of dishonesty by officers under his command will not be condoned.

 

Henry Jemmott

Supt. Henry Jemmott, O.C., San Ignacio Police Formation

“Sunday night at the Red Creek checkpoint, police officers stopped PC Triminius and Corporal Carillo. They were searched, suspected monies were found with them, they were detained and then escorted to San Ignacio Police Station where the investigator came and dealt with them. They had already recorded statement to the effect and they were arrested and charged for one count of extortion. They were jointly charged and arraigned today in Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. Like I say, I am one of the O.C.’s that if you check my history, I am strict when it comes to the abuse of people’s rights, especially when it comes to extortion and any crimes of dishonesty. At one point in San Pedro, I had put over twelve officers on interdiction. I am up at five right now here in Cayo. Officers need to understand that they are there to protect the people and not abuse the people.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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