Bail extended for seven cops on corruption charges
The case against the seven policemen, who allegedly accepted money from a St James businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him on ganja charges, is to continue in next year.
Constables Alman Fletcher, Delroy Brown, Marvin Campbell, Devon Bernard, Dwayne Lynch, Paul Williams, and Tajay Allen, are being tried on charges of extortion, corruptly soliciting money, corruptly accepting money and aiding and abetting.
The policemen, who are all attached to the St James Police Division, are to return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on January 21.
They were given the new court date and had their bails extended after the court was told that one of the defence attorneys was absent due to illness.
Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small also ordered the investigating officer to warn the other witnesses in the matter to be in attendance when the case continues next year.
The allegations are that in November 2013 the seven cops solicited and accepted $300,000 from a businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him for a quantity of ganja, which was found at his premises during a police operation.