Cop, Ex-cop and Clerk charged for Attempting to Corrupt a Police Officer Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00

Former police officer, 40- year-old Rodwell 'Tiger' Richards appeared in Magistrate's Court on Monday May 14th where he read a single charge of attempting to corrupt a police officer. Richards was charged after P.C. Adrian Lopez, who is attached to the Gang Suppression Unit, reported that on May 8th Richards attempted to influence him to provide confidential information regarding the John McAfee case in return for money. In court, Richards pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

 The second person to be arraigned on the same charge was Matilda Victoria Garnett, 44, a Second Class Clerk of #159 Kut Avenue in Belize City. She also  was accused of attempting to corrupt PC Adrian Lopez on May 7th. The third to be arraigned on the same charge was Police corporal, Darius Lionel Martinez, 42, a resident of #15 Riverside Street, Orange Walk.  Martinez is accused of attempting to corrupt WPC, Stacy Smith. The charge read that on Friday, May11, after Richards and Garnett's attempts failed, he tried to corrupt WPC Humes, also attached to the GSU. He attempted to obtain details in relation to information  gathered during the search executed at John McAfee’s residence in return for money. They all pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer.  In court, there was no objection to bail and they were all offered bail in the sum of $3,000 each plus a surety of the same amount.

While Garnett and Richards were free to go home, PC Martinez was taken into custody by CIB officers in Belize City where he was escorted to Belmopan and appeared before Magistrate Adolph Lucas. He was charged with resisting arrest and threatening words upon Sgt. Francisco Ack. These are alleged to have occurred on Saturday May 12th in Belmopan. Martinez pleaded not guilty to both charges and bail was offered to him in the sum of $2,000 plus a surety of the same amount, which he met, and his case was adjourned for June 29.
   According to PC Adrian Lopez, on Monday, May 7, Garnett called him and requested that the two meet.  Later than day, they met and that’s when he claims she told him that she was acting on behalf of John McAfee and she requested that he provide her with some reports on an operation at McAfee’s residences. According to PC Lopez, Garnett promised him that he will be handled.  The following day Garnett met with him again and that’s when she introduced him to Rodwell Richards, who made him the same offer as Garnett did the day before, going as far as offering PC Lopez $200 for information on McAfee’s operation.

 The third attempt was made on Friday, May 11, allegedly by police corporal Darius Martinez.  According to reports made by WPC Stacy Smith, on that day, she received two different telephone calls from a male person whom she recognized to be PC Darius Martinez.  According to WPC Smith, the first call she received was between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. At the time the person she identified as Cpl. Martinez inquired about a search of McAfee’s residence. When she gave him no information, at 6:00 p.m., she received another call from Martinez, who once again requested information on McAfee’s search.  She gave him no information but the person insisted that she provide him with details and that’s when she claims the person told her that she will be paid in return for her information.   According to WPC Smith, she did not provide any information to the caller instead, she then informed her supervisor of the calls.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:31