TRINIDAD: No bail, cop goes to jail

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Special Reserve Police Officer was denied bail by a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with attempting to obtain TT$89,906.97 by false pretense.

Officer Stefon Rochford, 30, of Brazil Village, Arima, who was also charged with uttering a forged valuable security, was denied bail and remanded into custody, when he appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine, in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday 17th May, 2018, to answer the charges.

The matter was postponed to Friday and transferred to the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court.

Rochford, who was last attached to the Morvant Police Station, is alleged to have presented a National Entrepreneurship Development Company Ltd. cheque for encashment at the First Citizens Bank Tunapuna Branch. Upon examination, the cheque was discovered to be fraudulent and officers of the Fraud Squad were contacted.

He was then arrested and subsequently charged by WPC Shelley Crawford on Wednesday.

Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Totaram Dookhie spearheaded the investigation, while ASP Kent Ghisyawan, Insp. Ramdhanie Dipchand and Cpl Vinelle Bassarath, all of the Fraud Squad, conducted enquiries.

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