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Case against cops in unlawful prisoner release to continue July 13

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 7:01 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

The case against Constables Raymond Johnson and Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks, the police officers accused of releasing a prisoner from custody under questionable circumstances, will continue in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on July 13.

Johnson and Hutchinson-Brooks, who were slapped with corruption charges after they reportedly aided in the escape of prisoner Greg Taylor from custody, on January 30, 2013, had their bails extended by presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie on Monday.

The court was told that one of the attorneys for the defence had yet to see a copy of the prosecution's closing submission in the case.

When the matter was mentioned, Hutchinson-Brooks' attorney, Lavern Walters, handed in a copy of a submission on behalf of Johnson's lawyer, Leonard Green, who was absent from Monday's proceedings.

Walters then informed the court that Green had not yet had sight of the prosecution's submission.

The attorneys had previously arranged to have written copies of their submissions of closing arguments in the officers' trial, presented to the court.

 

denied the allegations

 

Johnson and Hutchinson-Brooks, who were charged with two other officers and have been on trial in relation to the charges laid against them, have denied the allegations. Johnson had previously testified that he was at a party at the time of the alleged unauthorised release of Taylor from custody, while Hutchinson-Brooks testified that she was on duty in Savanna-la-mar, where she was stationed at the time.

Of the other two officers, one was eventually freed by the court, while the fourth officer, Kaye Falconer, at whose home Taylor was reportedly recaptured, is being tried separately.