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Cops who allegedly extorted money from illegal cabbie offered bail

Published:Thursday | September 14, 2017 | 1:20 PM

Sergeant Lloyd McLaughlin and Constable Omar McCarthy were each offered $200,000 bail with one or two sureties when they appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court.

Both policemen were charged on Monday by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

It is alleged that on Saturday, August 26, McLaughlin and McCarthy were conducting traffic duties in the St Catherine North Division when they signaled a motorist to stop, who complied.

It was then observed that the motorist was operating the vehicle as a public passenger vehicle without the necessary licence.

The driver was subsequently issued a ticket and the vehicle seized.

En route to the Police Station, Constable McCarthy allegedly solicited and accepted $30,000 in the presence of Sergeant McLaughlin.

The motorist was then released and his vehicle returned.

A report was later made to MOCA which conducted an investigation and submitted a file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which ruled that policemen should be charged.