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No evidence against kidnapping accused

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Crown has offered no evidence against Kevin Lamont Wolfe, who was charged jointly with 36-year-old former policeman Alpheus Wade, whose trial for kidnapping a St Andrew businessman began yesterday in the Home Circuit Court.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor and Crown Counsel Larona Montague Williams are representing the Crown in the case in which Wade is accused of kidnapping Marc Frankson in June 2011.

One of Frankson's relatives testified yesterday that after she received a phone call on June 15, 2011, she went to Frankson's home in Norbrook, St Andrew.

She reported the matter to the police and subsequently went to the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) where a device was set up to monitor calls to her.

She identified Wade in court as someone she knew before and was her neighbour's boyfriend.

She said she contacted at least three banks to try to get a ransom of US$500,000, which at the time amounted to about $40 million.

She said she tried to "scrape up" what she could and also to borrow to pay the callers who contacted her on the phone. She said she managed that day to get more than $30 million as persons assisted her.

The witness said McKay Security Company was called to assist in the matter and the money was given to the security company. She said she was at OCID until 3 a.m. the next day, when a woman called from Portmore, St Catherine.

She told the police what the lady said and Frankson was later brought to OCID.

Policemen testified of chasing a motor vehicle in Portmore on the night of June 11, 2011.

Shots were fired from the vehicle, which later crashed into a wall. The occupants of the vehicle escaped, but a firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

District Constable Jason McKay said his security firm was contacted by the police to assist in negotiating with kidnappers.

McKay, who said he had experience in negotiating with kidnappers, told the court of steps he took to deal with the matter. He said the police had given him US$91,000 and he then went to the Portmore area and began negotiating with the kidnappers by phone.

He said 15 attempts were made to drop off the money, but he refused to do so because he received no visuals of the kidnap victim. He said Marc Frankson was the name of the victim.

He subsequently received information and went to OCID, where he saw the victim and members of his family.

The trial continues today before Justice Jennifer Straw and the seven-member jury.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com