The police have launched an investigation into an allegation made in Magistrates Court yesterday [Oct 3] regarding a police employee.
A police spokesperson said: “The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a specific allegation made by a member of the public during Magistrates’ Court proceedings on Wednesday, October 3rd regarding a police employee. As a result, an investigation into the allegation is underway.”
Although the police did not specifically state what the allegation was, there was an allegation made in Court on the day they refer to, with a defendant saying he thought his speeding tickets were “pulled” and someone had “fixed” it for him.
In Court yesterday Tony Taylor, 46, pleaded guilty to a single charge of speeding at 62 kph in September 2011 and was fined $250 for that offence. Magistrate Warner referred to seven outstanding traffic charges that went back as far as 1998, and none of which had resulted in Court appearances.
Asked to explain, Mr Taylor said that he thought: “…those tickets were pulled. You go to one of your friends and they take care of it for you. I went to someone and they said they’d fix it for me.”
The Senior Magistrate retorted: “The Police have 7,000 warrants outstanding. When old warrants come up I have discretion. I can dismiss them. This one is completely different. He is making some serious allegations and the matter is before me.”
The Magistrate went on: “Police have a wide discretion. The DPP has a wide discretion. I will not interfere. When warrants are sworn before me and people appear before me, I will carry out my duty.”
The Magistrate then put the seven old charges to Mr Taylor who pleaded not guilty to them. The charges were speeding in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, as well as having no drivers licence on two occasions.
Going back to the September 2011 speeding charge, Mr Taylor said that he needed to be able to drive the light truck that he used to run his business and requested that he, at least, be permitted to continue to drive that vehicle. The Senior Magistrate used his discretion and disqualified Mr Taylor from driving all vehicles except his light truck.
Mr Taylor was bailed for $1,000 plus a surety to re-appear in Court on 7th November.
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