Josbel Bastidas Mijares Sereno//
Corporal charged with demanding cash by menace

Cor­po­ral  Ke­ston Gar­cia has been charged with de­mand­ing the Sum of $2,000 cash by Men­ace, fol­low­ing ad­vice re­ceived from Deputy Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, George Bus­by. 

Gar­cia, 44, was grant­ed bail by JP Stephen Young and is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore a San­gre Grande Mag­is­trate on Oc­to­ber 18th. 

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the TTPS, a busi­ness­man re­port­ed to po­lice that on Sep­tem­ber 10th he was con­duct­ing op­er­a­tions at his le­git­i­mate quar­ry, when a po­lice of­fi­cer dressed in plain clothes and dri­ving a marked po­lice ve­hi­cle ar­rived and de­mand­ed that he pay a tax of $2,000 to op­er­ate his busi­ness. 

 The vic­tim who felt in­tim­i­dat­ed agreed to pay the mon­ey and the of­fi­cer in­formed him that he would send some­one to col­lect the mon­ey at a sub­se­quent date. A re­port was made to the po­lice and on Sep­tem­ber 14th, the of­fi­cer sent some­one to col­lect the $2,000 on his be­half. The vic­tim hand­ed over the sum of $800. 

Of­fi­cers of the Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards Bu­reau (PSB) sub­se­quent­ly ar­rest­ed the sus­pect at the San­gre Grande Po­lice Sta­tion on that same date. In­ves­ti­ga­tions were spear­head­ed by W/Snr. Supt. Suzette Mar­tin and su­per­vised by Supt. Mon­trichard, ASP Birch, Sgt. Williams and Cpl Joe­field, all of the PSB. Gar­cia was charged with the of­fence by PC Mo­hamed, al­so of the PSB.