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Woman corporal reportedly groped in uniform by male prisoner, collapses

Published:Tuesday | February 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Police Federation yesterday claimed a woman corporal in St Ann collapsed after she was groped while in uniform by a male prisoner in a police holding area at the Brown's Town Resident Magistrate's Court.

In a release, the Federation said the corporal was placed in the holding area on the order of Senior Resident Magistrate Andrea Thomas on a charge of contempt of court.

"The woman corporal was placed in the holding area where three male prisoners were being held," the statement read.

The Federation said the policewoman was also grasped at by one of the male prisoners.

She is reported to have subsequently collapsed and had to be rushed for medical examination and treatment at a private medical facility.

The Federation said it was extremely concerned about the legality and propriety of the actions of the senior magistrate.

"The members of the St Ann division are extremely traumatised, restive and concerned at this time," the Federation said, noting that it intends to seek legal advice on the matter.