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Cop in prisoner escape case ill, trial stall

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 1:41 PMChristopher Thomas

Defendant in prisoner-removal trial falls ill

Christopher Thomas – Gleaner Writer

The two police officers, who are on trial for unlawfully removing a prisoner from custody in 2013, had the case against them deferred to October 31, after one of the defendants failed to appear in court on Friday due to illness.

   The police offers in question, constables Raymond Johnson and Alicia Hutchinson are on trial for corruption.

       It is alleged that the duo conspired to unlawfully remove the prisoner Greg Taylor from the Freeport police lock-up, in Montego Bay, on January 30, 2013. Their case was put off after Hutchinson’s lawyer Lavern Walters told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that her client had fallen ill.

“I received a medical report for my client (Ms. Hutchinson) who collapsed and was rushed to hospital,” attorney Walters explained, as she submitted the report to the court.

RM Tie subsequently extended Johnson’s bail to October 31, and ordered a warrant for Hutchinson to be stayed until that date.

“Sir, you are to return here on October 31. Your bail is extended,” RM Tie told Johnson.