4 SORT officers in custody over deaths of Bharatt murder accused

The of­fi­cers, Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands, are ex­pect­ed to be in­ter­viewed to­day and con­trary to so­cial me­dia posts cir­cu­lat­ing yes­ter­day, they were not ar­rest­ed and charged with mur­der. How­ev­er, se­nior po­lice sources say the of­fi­cers could face oth­er charges, which in­clude as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tu­al bod­i­ly harm, mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice

Mark Bas­sant

Four po­lice of­fi­cers at­tached to the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tion Re­sponse Team (SORT) are now in po­lice cus­tody to as­sist in in­quiries in­to the death of An­dre Mor­ris and Joel Bal­con, who were sus­pects in the kid­nap­ping and mur­der of An­drea Bharatt on Jan­u­ary 29.

With­in hours of Bharatt’s dis­ap­pear­ance, both Mor­ris and Bal­con were picked up by a team of SORT and An­ti-Kid­nap­ping Unit (AKU) of­fi­cers.

How­ev­er, Mor­ris sub­se­quent­ly died at hos­pi­tal on Feb­ru­ary 1, while Bal­con suc­cumbed to in­juries he al­leged­ly sus­tained while in po­lice cus­tody on Feb­ru­ary 8.

Just four days be­fore Bal­con’s demise, the bloat­ed body of Bharatt was found dumped off a precipice in the Heights of Aripo.

There were then al­le­ga­tions that both men were beat­en while in po­lice cus­tody.

Sources close to the cur­rent in­ves­ti­ga­tion yes­ter­day told Guardian Me­dia that the four of­fi­cers, who are be­tween 25-48 years, were asked to re­port to the Mal­oney Po­lice Sta­tion around 10 am yes­ter­day and to walk with their at­tor­neys.

Se­nior po­lice sources told Guardian Me­dia that the po­lice of­fi­cers spent most of the day at the sta­tion but were not ques­tioned dur­ing the course of the day. Sources said the of­fi­cers were lat­er ar­rest­ed on the sus­pi­cion that they were sus­pects in the in­quiry in­to the deaths of Mor­ris and Bal­con.

How­ev­er, the of­fi­cers had still not been re­gard­ing Mor­ris and Bal­con’s death in­ter­viewed up to press time.

The of­fi­cers, Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands, are ex­pect­ed to be in­ter­viewed to­day and con­trary to so­cial me­dia posts cir­cu­lat­ing yes­ter­day, they were not ar­rest­ed and charged with mur­der. How­ev­er, se­nior po­lice sources say the of­fi­cers could face oth­er charges, which in­clude as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tu­al bod­i­ly harm, mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.