The charge against a Police prosecutor for conspiring to obstruct the course of justice was dismissed on Tuesday by Magistrate Sunil Scarce.
In April, Sergeant Shawn Gonsalves, 35, a father of three, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBD) pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared at the Diamond/ Golden Grove Magistrates’ Courts.
He had denied the allegation which stated that between July 23, 2021, and November 27, 2021, at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he conspired with persons unknown, to obstruct the course of justice, by causing the disappearance or falsely executing two sentence warrants in favour of Vishal Munilall of Houston, EBD, that were issued by Magistrate Annette Singh.
When the matter was called again on Tuesday, Magistrate Scarce upheld the no-case submission made at a prior hearing by Sergeant Gonsalves’ lawyer Bernard Da Silva, and accordingly dismissed the charge against the Policeman.
The Police rank was admitted to self-bail pending the hearing and determination of his trial.
It was previously reported that Police ranks, in executing the sentence warrants, had arrested Munilall, 34, on November 27, 2021. He had also been detained on allegations that he and his older brother obtained money by false pretence from another man five years ago.
He was then taken to the Golden Grove Police Station, EBD and while there, made a request to call his lawyer. His requested was granted and shortly after 25-year-old Kulwantie Munilall, also of Houston, EBD, visited him and give him a package.
According to reports, Vishal then requested to speak to the investigating officer, and in the presence of another Policeman, he gave the investigating officer GY$700,000 in cash to forego investigation/prosecution against him.
As such the duo, was immediately arrested, told of the offence committed and cautioned. In December 2021, Vishal, Kulwantie and Dehodary Odit, 26, of Gordon Street, Kitty, Georgetown were charged with the offence of corrupt transaction with an agent and released on bail.
Vishal and his older brother, Vickram Munilall, 37, were also charged jointly with obtaining money by false pretence from a man. They were released on cash bail.
Ranks of the Golden Grove Police Station, EBD had reportedly given information to Sergeant Gonsalves about investigations into a corrupt transaction with an agent and other offences against Vishal, Odit, and Kulwantie.
It was reported that Magistrate Singh had issued two sentence warrants for Vishal, but Sergeant Gonsalves had allegedly “ducked” the order of court to prevent the man from being arrested. While under close arrest, the Police rank had allegedly admitted to his involvement in the crime.
After the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) recommended that Sergeant Gonsalves be charged, he was relieved of prosecutorial duties and reassigned to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) headquarters.