Montego Bay, St James (Mckoy’s News) – Cop Awaits Verdict in his Corruption Case: A St. James police officer, who allegedly solicited money from a motorist for the release of his motor vehicle, is now awaiting his verdict.
Parish Judge Natalie Hart-Hines decided on a July 26 date to give her ruling when the cop made a brief appearance in the St. James Parish Court today. His bail has been extended until that date.
The accused cop, Constable Austin Cunningham who was attached to the St. James Police Division, was arrested in a sting operation on August 23, 2010 by members of the Anti Corruption Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
His arrest came after he illegally seized a motor vehicle from a motorist a week prior to his arrest then demanded $50,000.00 for the release of the vehicle.
Based on the allegations, the cop had asked another man to collect the money and while the transaction was in process the man was nabbed by the Anti-Corruption team, who had received information.
The man then led the team to where the constable was and identified him.
The constable was arrested and subsequently charged following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).