Senior Superintendent Harry 'Bungles' Daley was yesterday charged with six counts of extortion and six counts of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act in the Resident Magistrate's Court in Half Way Tree.
He was arrested on Thursday of last week, following allegations from the owner of a plaza that the Senior Superintendent had demanded $20,000 per month or one of his shops in return for his assistance in helping him deal with the extortion of some of his shops. The complainant later reported Harry Daley to the police Anti-Corruption Branch. In February of this year the complainant was out-fitted with police video and voice surveillance devices with which he recorded each time Daley collected the $20,000.
On the day of his arrest, Daley was taped by the complainant accepting marked money, which was later found on his person when he was apprehended. He is presently being held at the Horizon Park Remand Center. So far no bail has been set.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Dirk Harrison, requested that the senior resident magistrate, Glen Brown, remand Daley until Friday as the occurrence of threats and intimidation tactics have made him fear for the safety of the witnesses. Defence counsel, Valerie Neita-Robertson objected by reminding the court that "there is a witness protection programme in place and measures can be put in place to protect the witnesses if needs be." She also added that she fears for the health and well-being of her client as his health has deteriorated since his incarceration and that he is locked up with convicts who he may have placed there himself.
RM Brown stated that he would return his decision in the matter today.
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