Prison guard gets jail time for taking bribe

PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance condemned suspended Pointe Blanche prison guard Marc Richardson (28) to a four-month sentence, two conditional with two years’ probation hanging over his head. The guard took US $1,700 from bomb threat hoaxer Bryan Rymer who was convicted last year.

Rymer was sentenced on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, to 12 months in prison for making two false bomb threats against the Princess Juliana International Airport SXM on November 22, 2015. It was proven that Richardson took the cash in exchange for smuggling a cell phone into the prison between March 1 and 5 last year. Rymer was serving his sentence at the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg.

The wife of Rymer paid Richardson the cash and the prisoner did get the phone from the prison guard. Richardson was arrested on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at his home in Dutch Quarter by members of the National Detective Agency. Rymer was also sentenced by the judge on Wednesday to a two-month conditional sentence.

The judge said that Richardson had to uphold the law and order of the prison and should not have been tempted by any circumstance.

Source: The Daily Herald