Judge to continue summation in ex-cop's kidnapping trial
Justice Jennifer Straw is to continue her summation this afternoon at the trial of former policeman Alpheus Wade who is accused of kidnapping Kingston businessman Marc Frankson on June 15, 2011.
She began her summation yesterday afternoon after prosecution and defence lawyers made their closing arguments.
Yesterday in addressing the seven-member jury defence lawyer Franklin Grenyion said Wade was not taking issue with the cautioned statement he gave on June 17, 2011 which stated that he was involved in Frankson’s kidnapping.
He said Wade was insisting that the statement was not given freely because the police threatened to throw him to prisoners.
He said there were also threats that his mother-in-law and his girlfriend would be locked up and his children would be placed in State care.
In his address to the jury, senior deputy director of public prosecutions Jeremy Taylor described Wade as a liar.
Taylor said Wade in reporting that he was kidnapped on the night of June 15, 2011 adopted elements of Frankson’s kidnapping.
He said the items found in Wade’s motor vehicle, including his licensed firearm, point to one direction and it is that Wade is responsible for Frankson’s kidnapping.
Taylor asked the jury to find that Wade was part of the kidnapping and he was in his motor vehicle when it crashed in Portmore on the night of June 15, 2011.
Wade has been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since last month.
He has denied being involved in Frankson’s kidnapping and testified that it was he who was kidnapped.