The police have launched an investigation into the conduct of an Assistant Superintendent who used his office to act as an enforcer to repossess a car which is the subject of a dispute involving three parties.
Kaieteur News understands that the officer broke into a Berbice yard and forcibly removed the vehicle on behalf of a friend.
Despite orders from his superiors, the officer has not returned the vehicle to its rightful owner.
The car in dispute, PDD 8435, was originally owned by one Keith Whyte, of Agricola, East Bank Demerara.
Whyte subsequently sold the car to Ansel Niles, who withheld full payment for the vehicle until the required compliance was obtained and the registration transferred to him.
Months passed and the original owner could not come up with the compliance, leaving Niles in a spot of bother
However, Niles could wait no longer and subsequently resold the car, a Toyota Corolla, to one Roxanne Sandy, of Berbice on May 15, last year, with a promise to have the registration transferred into her name within a month.
This was not done and Sandy, in her efforts to have the registration transferred to her, tried desperately to reach Whyte to obtain the compliance and have the matter rectified, but failed.
Sandy subsequently travelled to Agricola to meet with Whyte and when she eventually did, the matter took a dramatic turn.
After explaining that she had bought the car from Ansel Niles, Whyte informed her that the car belonged to him since the registration was still in his name and accused Sandy of committing a fraud.
This led them to the Brickdam Police Station where they hoped to have the matter ventilated.
The matter was temporarily sorted out and Sandy was allowed to keep the car. She left the station thinking that all was well.
In February, a Police Constable turned up at her home with orders from the police officer in question to seize the vehicle.
But after the situation was explained to him, he contacted the officer who had sent him.
According to reports, the officer, who is a friend of Whyte, left his post and travelled to Sandy’s home where he forced his way into her yard and in the company of Whyte, removed the vehicle, taking it to the Number 51 Police Station compound.
Sandy subsequently went to the police station with all her documentation but was told to return the following day. But when she went back the car was gone.
Sandy subsequently reported the matter to Deputy Commander of the Police’s Berbice Division who commenced investigations.
This newspaper understands that the police officer who facilitated the removal of the car was instructed to return it and lodge it in the Number 51 Police Station compound.
This was not done, prompting Sandy to seek an audience with the Division’s Commander Steve Merai.
It is understood that Merai too ordered that the car be lodged with the police until an amicable settlement could be reached.
To date this has not been done. Sandy has no idea where the car is.
This newspaper was assured that the police officer in question was called upon to submit a statement to defend his actions as a report is being prepared to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
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