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May 28, 2014
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Cop accused of stealing motor vehicle
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A policeman who was allegedly held with a stolen motor car equipped with a blue flashing light was granted bail in the sum of $800,000 when he appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

He is Samuel Barrett of Spanish Town, St Catherine, and Angels Grove.

When the matter came up, the policeman's lawyer, Althea Grant, made a successful bail application. She told the court that despite her client being charged, there were discrepancies in the Crown's case.

She told the court that her client had taken his car to a garage, however, some unauthorised person drove it out and crashed it.

She said when her client resumed work, he was called by the garage owner and told that he had a car that he could use until his vehicle was fixed.

The lawyer said her client did not have any criminal intention and that the police must now search for the garage operator who is on the run as her client is not criminally involved.

Allegations are that on the day in question, a Toyota Corolla motor car (commonly called King Fish) was stolen. However, the vehicle was equipped with a tracking device, and was quickly located.

When police personnel arrived at the location, they saw the vehicle parked, bearing government licence plates.

Barrett, who is attached to the Police Protective Services Division, told his colleagues from the Anti Corruption Branch that he was given the vehicle by the garage owner.

However, a file was prepared and sent to The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that Barrett be charged with simple larceny and receiving stolen property.

He is to return to court on June 24 when the matter will again be mentioned.

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