St James constable, man on corruption charge granted bail
A police constable and a St James man who were arrested by detectives from the Major Organised Crime Agency (MOCA) on corruption charges on Monday have been granted bail.
Constable Dwayne Wright, who is attached to the Montego Bay Police Traffic Division, and Damion Tummings of a St James address, were offered bail in the sum of $700,000 and $500,000, respectively, when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
As part of their bail conditions, both have been ordered to report to the Irwin Police Station daily between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
A stop order has also been placed on them at the ports and they have been ordered not to have any contact with police investigators in the case or be seen in the vicinity of MOCA’s Montego Bay office.
The charges stem from allegations that in April last year Tummings made arrangements with a motor-vehicle owner to have a motor vehicle being held at the Transport Authority Pound in St James released at a cost of $60,000.
MOCA says Tummings later approached Wright and requested that a traffic ticket be written in the name of another individual so that the relevant payments could be made to secure the release of the vehicle.
MOCA says Constable Wright complied with the request and the payments were made, but the vehicle was not released.
Following a probe by the then Area One Anti-Corruption Branch the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled earlier this month that the men be charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.
They will return to court on December 11.
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