Cops accused of kidnapping and corruption due in court today

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Corporal Marcus Isadore and Constable Peter Lugay, the two police officers whose alleged criminal actions have been condemned by the force, are due in court today on charges of kidnapping, assault and corruption.

Isadore, 43, of Potters and Lugay, 23, of Ottos, allegedly used their police issued weapons to commit the offences against Bertram Miller and Noel Johnson, according to the charges.

In the two counts of kidnapping charges filed, it is alleged that on April 25, the two cops, without lawful authority, forcibly seized and imprisoned Bertram Miller and Noel Johnson, with intent to cause them to be secretly confined against their will.

Under the Offences Against the Person Act, if the officers are found guilty, they can be imprisoned for any term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.

It is alleged, that while holding the two men prisoners, the accused cops held them at gunpoint, which means, they should not be entitled to bail from a magistrate today since only judges have the jurisdiction to grant bail in cases involving the use of a gun.

Constable Lugay is separately accused of assaulting Johnson with intent to commit a felony at the same Brownes Bay property in April.

According to the police, the cops are jointly accused of confiscating 29 pounds of cannabis, which has not been accounted for, and was never turned over as evidence.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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