Cop paid to prerecord information in station’s bail register convicted

News post January 7, 2016

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Dean Palmer, a police constable attached to the St Elizabeth Division, was on Tuesday found guilty of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act and stating deliberate falsehood when he appeared in the St Elizabeth Resident Magistrate’s Court. A news release from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) said yesterday that in May 2012, a police sergeant at the Lacovia Police Station was checking the bail register and noticed there were irregularities. Those irregularities MOCA said were in relation to the reporting on condition of bail of a farmer in the district. Further checks made by the Sergeant revealed that the farmer had been paying Palmer J$3,000 in order to prerecord him as reporting on his condition of bail at the station. A report was made to the then Anti-Corruption Branch. Following an investigation a file was reportedly prepared and submitted to the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that Palmer be charged. He was subsequently arrested and charged in 2012. Palmer is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
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