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Policemen freed of gang raping prostitute

Published:Friday | July 24, 2015 | 7:49 PM

The three policemen who were accused of gang-raping a prostitute along the Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine have been freed.

Constables Michael Beckford, Everton Barrett and Ajoni Willoughby were freed of rape after the Crown offered no evidence against them.

Justice Lennox Campbell directed the seven-member jury in the St Catherine Circuit Court to return a formal verdict of not guilty.

The policemen were arrested and charged following a report by the woman that they raped her in July 2010.

The complainant did not report the incident until three months later.

It was reported that the police tried to remove her from the area known as 'back road' but she declined to go with them.

She reportedly said she would not go with them because she was raped by three policemen three months before.

The complainant reported that she had written down the licence plate of the police vehicle and the identification number of one of the policemen.

The matter was reported to the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

The three policemen were pointed out at an identification parade and were subsequently arrested and charged.

Defence lawyers Peter Champagnie, Christopher Townsend and Tonile Beecher had complained to the court in early July about the long delay in having the case tried. 

They pointed out that it was unfair to the policemen that despite six trial dates, the complainant had never attended court.

The judge then directed that efforts be made through the Office of the Commissioner of Police to locate the complainant.

When the case was mentioned today, the prosecutor informed the court that the complainant could not be found.

The prosecution then offered no evidence against the policemen.