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Hanover cop on corruption charges granted $500,000 bail

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:44 PM

A 27-year-old police constable has been granted $500,000 bail on charges of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

Constable Andre Alder, who was attached to the Divisional Intelligence Unit in Hanover, was offered bail when he appeared in the Lucea Parish Court before Senior Parish Court Judge Sheron Barnes yesterday. 

The bail application was made by attorney-at-law Morrell Beckford who is representing the policeman.

Alder is being accused of soliciting and accepting $40,000 from a complainant.

It is alleged that Alder and other police personnel conducted operations at a house in Green Island, Hanover, and seized items belonging to the complainant including two smartphones.

The complainant contacted Alder about his phones and was allegedly told that he should provide him and the other cops who were on the operation with a total of $75,000 to get them back.

The complainant made a report to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and a sting operation was set up on May 18.

During the operation, Alder allegedly collected $40,000 in marked money from the complainant.

He reportedly attempted to flee as the police tried to accost him but was subsequently held and the marked money also retrieved.

He was arrested and a file was sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which ruled that the police constable should be charged.