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Cops in prisoner escape trial to return to court July 2

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 6:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

The case against the two police officers who are on trial for corruption in connection with the unauthorised release of a prisoner from police custody in 2013 has been set for continuation on July 2.

Constables Raymond Johnson and Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks were given the new date by presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie when they appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The decision to set a new trial date was taken as Johnson's attorney, Leonard Green, was absent.

"Your lawyer, I understand, cannot be here today," Tie told Johnson. "In the circumstances, I am going to set this matter for July 2. Your bails are extended until then."

Prior to the new court date being given, Hutchinson-Brooks' attorney, Lavern Walters, had indicated that the defence team would present its written submissions in the case before the court.

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Johnson and Hutchinson-Brooks have been on trial on corruption charges under the allegation that on January 30, 2013, they took part in the unlawful release of prisoner Greg Taylor from the Montego Bay police lock-up.

Both cops have denied the allegation.

Johnson had previously testified that he was at a party at the time of the alleged incident, while Hutchinson-Brooks testified that she was on duty in Savanna-la-Mar, where she was stationed at the time.