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Man locked up for two months over ganja spliff freed

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 2:53 PM

A magistrate has admonished a constable who held a St Thomas man in custody for more than two months for ganja possession before taking him to court.

The policeman could provide no reason and the magistrate reprimanded him for his tardiness.

Meanwhile, the offender, thirty-two-year-old Gregory Lumsden from Lyssons, was admonished and discharged in the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

He was arrested in June, for a partially smoked spliff that was found in his home.

Resident Magistrate Cresenci Brown discharged the man on the grounds that his constitutional rights had been violated due to the length of time he was in custody before being taken to court and other circumstances.

She noted that the accused was entitled to his liberty and that the matter should have been addressed earlier.

Meanwhile, contacted this morning, acting police commissioner, Glenmore Hinds, said the current audit of police stations will include Lumsden's case.

He says the internal processes will apply where there are any breaches.

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