“The case against Sergeant Vaughn will be officially discontinued shortly…”
… Information provided to Barbados Free Press from a previously-reliable source.
Criminal Charges Against Corrupt Cop Made To Disappear?
Back on September 18, 2008 we told you how Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Vaughan (sometimes spelled Vaughn) was charged with taking $56,500 dollars in bribes to not prosecute a pirate DVD vendor. Vaughan was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. (BFP article: Corrupt Director Of Public Prosecutions Must Now Prosecute His Corrupt Police Friend For Accepting Bribes!!!)
We predicted at the time that the charges would fade into nothing until they died a natural death because of the special relationship between the crooked cop and the Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Charles Leacock – who in his private life is also a landlord.
Now an anonymous source who provided BFP with accurate information on multiple occasions in the past, informs us that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock made an order dropping all charges against Sergeant Paul Vaughn / Vaughan about two weeks ago. The source also says that the case will by officially discontinued shortly – but ever so quietly – at an opportune time.
Although this is an anonymous source and we still caution everyone to take any anonymous claims with a grain of salt, if it turns out to be for true, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least.
Why did Barbados Free Press predict that charges against Sgt. Vaughan / Vaughn would fade into nothing?
When one of Charles Leacock’s tenants couldn’t pay her rent, Sergeant Vaughan acted as strong arm muscle to collect the debt. As seen in the Ronja Juman case, Sgt. Vaughan would do pretty much anything to collect the money for his friend the Director of Public Prosecutions. When blocking the tenant’s car in her driveway didn’t work, Sgt. Vaughan paid a little visit to her son at school. When the tenant surrendered some jewelery, but DPP Leacock wanted more, the Sergeant conducted a middle-of-the-night terror raid on Ronja Juman’s sleeping family and then dragged her off to the police station for a vaginal search. No… Sgt. Vaughan had no expectation of finding either the back-rent money or the rental contract in Mrs. Juman’s vagina – it was all about terror, pressure and squeezing the money out of Mr. Leacock’s former tenant.
The court documents that show this to be true are posted online for all to see. You can view them in the BFP stories linked below.
Cop Charged With Accepting Bribes
Nation News, September 17, 2008
A POLICE SERGEANT who was once attached to the Copyright Infringement Unit appeared in District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with accepting bribes and perverting the course of justice.
Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn, 37, of Durette Gardens, Gemswick, St Philip, was released with a surety of $50 000 bail and has been ordered to hand over his travel documents to the court as part of his bail.
He will also be reporting to Oistins Police Station every Tuesday and Friday until his return to court on November 11.
Vaughn was not required to plead to the charge that being a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force, he did corruptly receive $56,500 for himself between December 1, 2004, and April 30, 2007, from Evadney Cindy Bushell as a fee or reward for forbearing to prosecute her for infringement of the Copyright Act.
He was also charged that with intent to pervert the course of justice, he committed a series of acts which tended to pervert the course of public justice in that he received various sums totalling $56,000 to protect Bushell from prosecution for Copyright infringement.
In May 2007, Bushell, 43, a business owner of 120 Maynards Road, St Peter, appeared before the Bridgetown Traffic Court, charged with knowingly for sale DVD copies of the movie Spiderman 3 which she knew or had reason to believe were infringing the movie’s copyright.
The wheelchair-bound woman is free on bail.