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Man freed leaving ex-cop to face kidnapping trial

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 10:22 AM

A court yesterday freed Kevin Lamont Wolfe, who was charged with an ex-cop in a 2011 kidnapping case. 

Wolfe was freed after prosecutors offered no evidence against him.

He was charged jointly with  36-year-old former policeman Alpheus Wade whose trial for kidnapping a St Andrew businessman began yesterday in the Home Circuit Court.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor and Crown Counsel Larona Montague Williams are representing the Crown in the case in which Wade is accused of kidnapping Marc Frankson in June 2011.

Frankson was rescued unharmed 16 hours after being taken.

One of Frankson's relatives testified yesterday that she went to Frankson's home in Norbrook,  St Andrew on June 15, 2011 after she received a phone call. 

She outlined to the court the various things she did to source the US$500,000 which was demanded. 

She also identified the ex-cop in court as someone she knew before and said he was a neighbour's boyfriend. 

Meanwhile, District Constable Jason McKay said his security firm was contacted by the police to assist in negotiating with the kidnappers. 

McKay, who said he had experience in negotiating with kidnappers told the court of steps he took deal with the matter.

He said the police had given him US$91,000 and then he went to Portmore and began negotiating with the kidnappers by phone.

He said 15 attempts were made to drop off the money but he refused to do so because he received no pictures of the kidnap victim. 

The trial continues today before Justice Jennifer Straw and the seven member jury.