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Two police officers facing corruption, kidnapping, illegal confinement and assault charges will have to take their chances in the High Court after their attempts to get bail from Magistrate Conliffe Clarke were unsuccessful.
Corporal Marcus Isadore, 43, of Potters and Constable Peter Lugay, 23, of Ottos appeared in the St John’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday where their attorneys, Andrew O’Kola and Lawrence Daniels, made oral applications for bail, without objection from the prosecution, before Magistrate Clarke interjected.
“I have never seen a case of kidnapping and confinement with a gun and bail is not objected,” Magistrate Clarke said. “Let’s address the 800-pound gorilla in the room, these men are known to me, they are police officers and neither side has mentioned that … no concern is shown here for the virtual complainant.”
The accused were told that Magistrate Clarke had no jurisdiction to grant bail.
“Mr Daniels that sounds like a High Court argument, which you are not at. I am a creature of the statute and I have no jurisdiction,” the magistrate said.
At that stage, the attorneys had already informed the court that the Potters resident was a father of three and his co-accused was expecting his first child and, prior to the current charges before the court, the men were of good character.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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