Cops in prisoner escape plot get new court date
Constables Raymond Johnson and Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks, the two police personnel on trial for the unlawful release of a prisoner from custody, had their bails extended when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Johnson and Brooks, who are on trial for corruption, had their bails extended after defence attorney Leonard Green told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that attorney-at-law Lavern Walters, who is also part of the duo's defence team, was absent because of illness.
RM Tie subsequently set the matter to be heard on March 17.
The allegations against the cops are that on January 30, 2013, they took part in the unauthorised release of prisoner Greg Taylor from the Montego Bay police lock-up.
The two defendants are claiming innocence. In a previous appearance, Johnson testified that he was at a party at the time of the alleged incident, while Hutchinson-Brooks said she was on duty in Savanna-la-Mar, where she was stationed at the time.
- Christopher Thomas