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Judge threatens to stop trial after seeing only one cop in courtroom

Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 9:33 AM

A Supreme Court judge threatened to stop a trial yesterday because of a lack of security in the courtroom.

The warning was issued by Justice Cresencia Brown Beckford in the Home Circuit Court at the start of the trial of 39-year-old musician Kyodie Daye.

Daye is being tried for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

Justice Brown Beckford expressed concern that there has been a lack of security in her courtroom and wanted the matter to be addressed.

There was only one cop in the courtroom at the time.

Checks with senior officers at court indicated that there has been a shortage of police personnel to man the courts for sometime now.

The officers said there is just not enough personnel to adequately handle the large volume of prisoners, especially at the gun and circuit courts.

The trial eventually got underway.

Daye is being accused of withdrawing a total of $55,000 from the bank accounts of two persons.

The prosecution is alleging that the withdrawals took place at a ATM machine on May 19, 2014 in Ocho Rios, St Ann.