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Retrial for cop on bribe charge

A POLICEMAN who was convicted on a four-count indictment including taking a bribe to get a gun licence from a former Commissioner of Police for a businessman, had his conviction quashed last week and his sentence set aside by the Court of Appeal. However, PC Carlton Roop will have to face a retrial. Roop’s appeal was argued by attorney Israel Khan SC, while special prosecutor Bindra Dolsingh represented the State. According to the evidence, Enterprise Village businessman Manbodhe Koonoo had given Roop $6,000 to get him the gun licence. The policeman also allegedly borrowed $10,000 from Koonoo for the alleged purchase of a firearm. When Koonoo failed to receive a gun licence or get his money back, the police was called in and PC Roop was charged, convicted and sentenced to five years hard labour.
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