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Corrupt sergeant to appear in court

Published:Monday | February 25, 2008 | 11:07 AM

A police sergeant attached to the police traffic headquarters in Kingston is expected to appear in court today to answer several charges.

Sergeant Patrick Williams, of the Elleston Road traffic department is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, assault at common law and breach of the Corruption Prevention Act.

He was charged last week, after he pulled his firearm on members of the Anti Corruption Branch in downtown Kingston.

It is reported that Sergeant Williams had stopped an overloaded taxi along Hagley Park Road in St. Andrew.

He reportedly seized the vehicle, but offered to drop the charges against the motorist in exchange for $20,000.

An undercover operation was set up for the motorist to hand the money to the policeman. However, when Sergeant Williams realised he had been set up, he pulled his firearm on his colleagues and the taxi-man.

Sergeant Williams was on the run for two days, before he surrendered to detectives at the Anti Corruption branch.