The police officer charged in connection with the July 2017 burglary of the Postal Corporation in Kingstown has been found guilty on one count and free on two others.
Last week Wednesday, Mesopotamia Magistrate Bertie Pompey found Ettian Charles, 34, guilty of conspiracy to burglarise the Postal Corporation.
He, however, found the police officer not guilty of burglary and officials corruption.
Charles was charged that on July 7, 2017, he entered the SVG Postal Corporation in Kingstown as a trespasser and stole EC$74,121.46 in cash, along with EC$5,486.96 in cheques, one uninterrupted power supply valued EC$9,000 and one external battery pack, valued EC$3,000.
He was further charged that on July 7, 2017, at Kingstown, being employed in the Public Service and being charged with the performance of duty by virtue of such employment, agreed to receive property for himself or any other person on account of anything omitted to be done by him in the discharge of his duty of office as a policeman — a corruption charge.
He was further charged that on the same date in Kingstown, he agreed with another person that a course of conduct shall be pursued which if that agreement was carried out and in accordance with his intention would amount to an offence of burglary by the parties, contrary to Section 310 (1a) of the Criminal Code.
Pompey ordered Charles to pay a fine of EC$700 within three months or go to prison for six months.
Charles, a resident of Glen who is originally from Coulls Hill, has been a member of the constabulary for about a decade and was attached to Beat and Patrol at the time of his crime.
He could see his policing career ending if the conviction is upheld on appeal.
The police officer has been in custody since September 2018 in connection with even more serious charges.
Charles is awaiting a preliminary inquiry into a charge that he murdered Rodney George, a 50–year-old security guard of Victoria Village, who was found dead at his workplace in Arnos Vale on Sept. 1, 2018.
Charles was charged along with 36-year-old Vermont bartender Glenville Harry, and Ulric Hanson, 29, a tattoo artist, of Arnos Vale.
The trio joins Jerome Ollivierre, a 38-year-old tour guide, of Mayreau, who was charged with George’s murder.
The three men also join Ollivierre on a charge that between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 11:27 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2018 at Arnos Vale, they entered G.E.C Auto Supplies Ltd. as trespassers and stole EC$2000.74 in cash.
Charles has been further charged that on Sept. 17, 2018, he had in his possession one black and silver Smith and Wesson .38 revolver serial number unknown, and six rounds of .38 ammunition, without a license issued under the Firearm Act.