Deputy DPP robbed, Llewellyn calls for more security at courts
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is calling for security arrangements to be put in place at all courts across the island to protect prosecutors and support staff.
Her appeal comes against the background of an attack on a prosecutor at the Spanish Town courthouse in St Catherine on Wednesday.
It is reported that the female Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions arrived at court about 8:30 in the morning and was taking files from her car when she was pounced upon by a man.
The man reportedly accosted her and demanded money.
The prosecutor reportedly gave him money and the man then ran away.
The DPP says the ordeal left the prosecutor shaken.
She says the prosecutor has been given the necessary support by her office.
However, Llewellyn says the incident raises concerns about the security of prosecutors who have to travel across the country to handle cases in various courts.
She says she will be seeking to raise the matter with the Court Management Services in the Ministry of Justice and the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Llewellyn points out that the incident at the Spanish Town courthouse came days after the International Association of Prosecutors passed a declaration calling for governments to do more to protect prosecutors in exercising their duties.
The declaration was made at the Association’s recently held 21st Annual Conference in Zurich, Switzerland, which was attended by Jamaica’s DPP.