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PNP says no cover-up attempt being made as cop linked to PM's security detail faces court

Published:Friday | July 10, 2015 | 7:07 PM

The People’s National Party (PNP) says the arrest of a policeman, assigned to the Prime Minister’s security detail, shows any cop will be prosecuted despite where they work.

The policeman, 23-year-old Constable, Kenneth Reid, is now before the courts for links to the guns for drugs trade.

He was arrested in May and later charged with three others for alleged involvement in the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti and being a member and supporter of a criminal gang.

Reid’s most recent posting was with the VIP Protection Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and up to his arrest he was working at Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller’s residence.

PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke, says the cop should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

However, he says the arrest shows there was no attempt at a cover up.

 

PNP general secretary Paul Burke

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police, James Golding, says the policeman was properly vetted before being placed in the post.

However, he says the routine vetting did not include a polygraph test.

 

Deputy Commissioner of Police, James Golding

The cop’s lawyer Peter Champagnie has said his client believes there’s a conspiracy to take him down.

He says he will make an application for bail when Reid returns to court next week Wednesday.

The magistrate in the case, Judith Pusey, says she will entertain an application because the prosecution has been failing to bring all the evidence it claims to have, before the court.

The other accused in the case are Kerry-Ann Smith, the cop’s alleged girlfriend and Sheldon Walters both from St Catherine.