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Police constable implicated in robbery of elderly couple granted $500,000 bail

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 1:50 PM

One of the two police constables charged in relation with the robbery of an elderly couple at their Hellshire, St Catherine house in February, was today offered bail when he appeared in the Gun Court in downtown Kingston.  

Raheem Parchment was offered $500,000 bail and was ordered to surrender his travel documents and to avoid contact with the witness. 

A curfew order was also imposed by the court. 

In making the bail application, attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie told the court that the witness had indicated some uncertainty during the identification parade involving his client.

Additionally, Champagnie argued that his client gave an account for his whereabouts at the time of the alleged robbery. 

Allegations are that on February 20 men clad in blue uniforms turned up at the couple’s house and identified themselves as members of the Portmore Police.

They allegedly claimed that they were there to collect additional information about a robbery at the property which the couple had reported several days earlier.

During that incident, thieves reportedly stole $17 million worth of jewellery and other items.

The couple, who were overseas at the time of the first robbery, subsequently filed a report with the Hellshire Police Station.

On the second occasion, the husband and wife were held up and the thieves reportedly stole US$5,000 and other items.

The robbers were subsequently held by police investigators, and it was discovered that they are members of the police force.

The case will next be mentioned on May 9. 

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