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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Police Constable Ishmael Monima, a police officer posted at the Corozal Police Station, has been charged with the offense of perverting the course of justice. He is being accused of abusing public trust and his office in an attempt to destroy evidence.

A police corporal  reported that at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, he went into the Corozal Police Station’s Traffic Office, where he placed a urine sample inside a refrigerator. This sample was supposed to have been used in the prosecution of alcohol related offenses for a defendant. The officer told his police bosses that he returned about 12 hours later, and made a check to ensure that all was in order.

That was around the time when he realized that the urine sample was missing, along with the chain of custody form that was prepared for the specimen. The police officer began inquiring about who was in or around the office, and it was discovered that Constable Monima was around just before the sample went missing.

Police say that at around around 7:50 a.m the next day, Monima showed up to work and handed over the missing urine sample to one of his co-workers. Shortly after that, police arrested and charged him with perverting the course of justice. He was arraigned on Monday, August 14, in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court. He has since been released on bail of $5,000.

Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams, the officer commanding the Professional  Standards Branch, which is in charge of the investigation told the media in a press conference that the top brass of the department will not tolerate any alleged acts of police corruption.

Williams said, “When it comes to police corruption, that it will not be tolerated in any shape or form. And conduct like this is basically what erodes the public trust and confidence in our department to be able to proper investigate and bring in people to justice. So, yes, we look at this as a very serious matter, hence the reason why the officer in question was dealt with rather swiftly, because we need the others to get the message` that when it comes to things like this, we are not going to hesitate to deal with our own to ensure that we maintain certain degree of trust and confidence in the public.”

Monima’s case has been adjourned until October 16.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:11