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Two cops go to court for extortion

Two police officers were taken to court on a charge of extortion.  Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

Two police officers were taken to court on a charge of extortion.  Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Today Wednesday June 10 Corporal Reymundo Carrillo and Constable Marlon Triminius, both officers attached to the San Ignacio Police Station were taken to court this morning in Belmopan and charged jointly for the crime of extortion. According to the complainant a 52-year-old farmer of La Gracia Spanish Lookout the incident happened on Sunday June 7 some time around 2 pm. The attorney for both officers accused, Hurl Hamilton, spoke to Love News at the courthouse.

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “I am representing Reymundo Carrillo and Marlon Triminius; they’re both police officers attached to the San Ignacio Police Formation. This morning they were arraigned on one single count jointly for the charge of extortion. They were granted bail in the sum of $8,000 plus two sureties and they are to return back to court on the 28th of October this year.”

Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: What were they accused for ?

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney:  “Well the charge of extortion as I understand it is by the use of force or cause one to be put in fear they have received monies unjustifiably  from my understanding of what the charge of extortion is. Clearly my clients deny that allegation, actually it’s the sum of a hundred dollars the complainant is accusing both my clients to have received from him by way of a demand and putting the virtual complainant in fear. We deny those allegations of course.”

Reporter: Now your client they are obviously at risk of losing their jobs or their careers are on the line because of a simple hundred dollars and essentially defend their careers.

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney:  “Well I’m not sure if it’s a simple hundred dollars the allegations are very serious it doesn’t matter the quantity that is the allegation the fact remains that it’s a charge of extortion it’s a serious one, it has implications on their reputation. Clearly when the matter comes up for trial and I assume it’s going to be an indictable matter one at the Supreme Court we’re going to defend it vigorously and in the meantime I would want to think – I cannot speak for the police department- but I would want to think that they will be placed on interdiction with half of their salary. Clearly they’re innocent until proven guilty that is guaranteed by the constitution of Belize, they’re innocent until proven guilty and we will have our day at court and we will defend the matter.”

Reporter: Does the charges suggest that they were on duty or off duty at the time ?

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney:  “From the facts that the police have presented, the very slim facts, it would appear that the officers were on duty.”

Reporter: Now I’m not sure if I heard it early but they were granted bail correct ?

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney:  “They were granted bail.”

Reporter: Of ?

Hurl Hamilton, Attorney:  “$8,000 plus two sureties of the same amount. $8,000 each plus two sureties each.”

Both Corporal Carrillo and PC Triminius are attached to the San Ignacio Police Station.