Cop on fraud charges granted bail

In yet another instance of a member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) being arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court, 42-year-old Constable David Singh of the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) appeared on Thursday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to fraud charges, and was released on ,000 bail following not-guilty pleas.

David Singh

The first charge alleged that on January 26, 2017, at Penny Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he falsely pretended to pay $6000 per day for a period of 40 days for the hiring of a motor car from virtual complainant (VC) Troy Jacobs, knowing same to be false.
The other charge alleges that between February 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, at Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, the TSU rank uplifted from Rabindra Harrichand some $400,000 on account of Latchman Mohabir, but converted same to his own use and benefit.
A seemingly unremorseful Singh denied both allegations, and Attorney Patrice Henry, in a bail application for the defendant, described the accused as not a flight risk and said he would attend court should he be granted bail. He added that Singh had reimbursed both complainants in full prior to Thursday’s court hearing.
Prosecutor Arvin Moore did not object to bail, but asked that it be granted in a substantial sum.
Bail was set at $40,000, the latter charge of fraudulent conversion attracting bail at $25,000.
Singh stood unshackled in court whilst the charges were read to him.  He was also protected from the prying eyes of the media by police ranks who blocked photographers from taking clear shots of the accused.  (Paula Gomes)