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Prison time reduced for ex-cop convicted of corruption

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 12:46 PM

The Court of Appeal has reduced the 18-month prison sentence imposed on former policeman Roger Forrester to 12 months imprisonment on a corruption conviction.

Forrester, who was stationed at Sandy Bay Police Station in Hanover, was convicted on December 12, 2012 for a breach of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Forrester was charged jointly with another policeman, Metro McFarlane, for accepting $30,000 to drop charges against a man who Forrester had charged with illegal possession of a firearm and assault with intent to rob.

No evidence was offered against the accused man when he appeared in the Western Regional Gun Court on July 1, 2008.

Hours after the case was dismissed, Forrester was held in a police sting operation accepting $30,000 in marked money.

He and McFarlane were subsequently arrested and charged for corruptly accepting money to dispose of the case.

McFarlane died before the case came up for trial.

However, Forrester was convicted.

He appealed on the grounds that the verdict was unreasonable and that the sentence was excessive.

During the appeal, his attorney Valerie Neita Robertson admitted that the conviction could not be challenged, but argued that the sentence was excessive citing similar cases where lesser sentences were imposed by the court.

She asked the court to give a suspended sentence.

The court dismissed that request but reduced Forrester's prison time by six months.