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Senior cop recounts how he arrested policeman in businessman's kidnapping case

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 9:48 AMBarbara Gayle Justice Coordinator

A senior policeman yesterday recounted at the kidnapping trial of ex-cop, Alpheus Wade, how he came to arrest the accused policeman.

Wade is accused of kidnapping Kingston businessman Marc Frankson in June 2011.

Frankson was rescued unharmed 16 hours after being taken.

Senior Superintendent Clinton Laing testified in the Home Circuit Court today that on June 16, 2011 Wade told him that he was kidnapped the previous night and robbed of his licensed firearm and a motor truck.

Admitting that he knew Wade, SSP Laing said he made telephone calls to the Organized Crime Investigations Division and the Spanish Town Criminal Investigation Division.

He said he then cautioned the ex-cop had told him that he was going to arrest him on suspicion of kidnapping the Kingston businessman.

The senior cop said Wade then told him that he was going to tell him about his involvement in the businessman’s kidnapping.

SSP Laing said Wade was not threatened and showed no sign of discomfort.

The witness said he subsequently made efforts to get Wade a lawyer and he was assigned one through legal aid.

SSP Laing said Wade and his lawyer were allowed to speak in private and the attorney subsequently indicated that the ex-cop was willing to give a caution statement.

The trial continues on Monday before Justice Jennifer Straw and a seven-member jury.