Cop gets 21 months for soliciting $30,000
Twenty-six-year-old Constable Jeffery Peart of the Negril Police has been sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for soliciting $30,000 from taxi operator, Delroy Frame.
Constable Peart was also sentenced to 21 months' imprisonment for accepting $20,000 from Frame.
The sentences are to run at the same time, which means that Peart will only spend 21 months in prison.
The prosecution relied on the Evidence Act to have Frame’s statements entered into evidence as he is deceased.
Frame's headless body was found in St Ann, about one month after he made a report to the Police Anti-Corruption Branch.
In an under cover operation Peart was captured on video collecting marked bills from the taxi man in Negril in April 2012.
Peart, who in his unsworn statement, described himself as a businessman, said Frame had met in an accident with one of his cars and was paying the money for repairs to his vehicle.
However, Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes did not accept his defence and accepted the evidence of the nine prosecution witnesses who testified in the Westmoreland Resident Magistrate's Court.
Attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, who is representing Peart, has since indicated that he will appeal.
Meanwhile, the policeman is facing a murder charge in St Ann for the death of the taxi man.
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