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MOCA director charged with assault, firearm offences

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 10:28 PM

Deputy Superintendent Jason Anderson, a director of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), has been arrested and charged with assault at common law and discharging a firearm within 40 yards of a public thoroughfare.

Anderson was arrested by investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) investigators and taken before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court today.

He was granted bail in the sum of $900,000 with sureties.

The 42-year-old MOCA director was ordered to surrender his travel documents to the police and to report to Greater Portmore Police Station every Friday between 6 o'clock in the mornings and 6 o'clock in the evenings.

Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie in applying for bail, said the investigation lasted for two years and Anderson always made himself available to investigators.

According to Champagnie, the policeman was not a flight risk and has been a member of the police force for more than 20 years.

The attorney raised concern about the bail conditions and the magistrate said he should make written submissions and return to court on November 6 when the matter would be heard.

It is alleged that about midnight on December 19, 2013 three men were seen by residents in an abandoned building in Caribbean Estate in St Catherine.

Residents approached the men and during a confrontation Anderson came on the scene and made enquiries.

It is alleged that he pulled his firearm and pointed it at the men.

The men allegedly ran from the scene, went into a motor car and drove off.

The car reportedly collided in an embankment.

It is further alleged that Anderson fired shots in the air.

The complainant made a report to the police and INDECOM subsequently took over the case.