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January 13, 2014
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Pastor admits to bribery
Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer

A minister of religion who allegedly offered a bribe to a policeman was fined $40,000 or three months when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Tuesday.

He is Richard Pinglin of Portmore, St Catherine.

When the matter was mentioned before Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams, Pinglin, who is the pastor of a church in St Catherine, pleaded guilty. He apologised to the court, saying that he was wrong to have offered the police money.

The court heard that on December 20 last year, personnel from the Police Traffic Division were on duty along Spanish Town Road near Six Miles in St Andrew.

A vehicle being driven by Pinglin was stopped and he was served a ticket for traffic violations.

The court further heard that Pinglin went to Detective Corporal Kirk Roache and handed him $3,000. Pinglin then said, "Tek dis, buy a lunch, an no badda wid no ticket." He was subsequently charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

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