The St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court has taken a decision to reduce from five to two the number of days that suspended Corporal of Police, Eymon Lewis should report to the Grenville Police Station in connection with the criminal charges slapped on him.
The decision was handed down on Monday by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill following representation made to her by defense attorney, Peter David.
Last month, the Chief Magistrate granted Lewis bail in the sum of $50, 000 after he was arrested and charged in connection to a license scam uncovered at the Police Licensing office where he was once attached.
As part of the bail conditions, the court ordered the 28- year-old La Digue, St. Andrew resident, to report to the Grenville Police Station daily on weekdays between the hours of 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
However, when the officer made his second appearance on Monday, attorney David requested for the court to reduce the number of days in the interest of his client.
Lewis, a past student of the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS), who has been a police officer for approximately 5 years, was initially charged with three summary charges of allegedly making false entries on licensing forms and two indictable charges of corruption by a public officer after allegedly accepting monies in the sum of $600 from individuals for the purpose of obtaining a license.
Lewis was taken into custody at the Miami International Airport in Florida when he left the country without the permission of the police force.
When the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) got wind that he was on-board an American Airline flight that left the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA), it contacted Immigration in Miami to intercept him.
During his first court appearance, the Chief Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor, informed the court that Lewis did apply for leave from the High Command but it was not granted and objected to the Chief Magistrate granting him bail.
ASP Victor regarded his colleague, who is facing a prison term in excess of twenty years or fines in excess of $50, 000 if found guilty, as “a flight risk” and alleged that he attempted to flee the country because he knew that he was being investigated.
Lewis, who successfully evaded reporters waiting outside the court to get a shot of him on his first appearance was not so lucky this time around.
After he tried to slip out around the side of the courthouse, media practitioners were able to catch up with him walking on Church Street towards Cemetery Hill, where a vehicle came to pick him up.
Lewis is due back in court on July 25.
THE NEW TODAY has been reliably informed that apart from the young constable, similar charges could be laid on other individuals believed to be involved in the driver’s license scam.
Over the years, several police officers have been arrested for criminal offences relating to activities on the job.
In 2015, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Claudius Coutain, along with Businessman Matthew Harris known as “Captain Harris were charged on seven counts of conspiracy in relation to a driver’s license scam, a matter which is still pending in the court system.