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Two cops convicted on corruption charges

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 4:56 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica

Two policemen who have been before the courts since 2008 on corruption charges were this afternoon convicted.

Constables Oliver Johnson and Karl Roberts were convicted in  the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court for soliciting and accepting money in breach of the Corruption Prevention Act.

They are to return to court on Friday, March 20 for sentencing. 

It is reported that while on duty in the St. Andrew South Police Division, the two visited a house in Duhaney Park, St. Andrew based on intelligence that the owner had an illegal firearm.

The premises were searched and the owner was warned for prosecution.

It was heard in court that while transporting the owner to the Hunt's Bay Police Station, the cops solicited $50,000 in exchange for not prosecuting the man.

The complainant agreed to pay over the money but had to return  home to retrieve it.

The police say while there, the constables accepted $19,000.

The owner reported the matter to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA after the cops returned to collect the remaining $31,000.

An investigation was conducted and a file sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for a ruling, which resulted in both constables being charged.