J'can gov't to pay man J$2.4m for false imprisonment
A High Court judge has ordered the government to pay damages totalling J$2.4 million to a Kingston man who was falsely arrested by the police for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The ruling comes almost five years after 24-year-old Akeem Armstrong and his co-accused, Marlon Dwyer were freed in the Gun Court in June 2011.
They were freed on a no-case submission after their attorneys requested to view the station diary which had an entry showing that the firearms in question were found in a tenement yard and not on their person as the policeman had testified.
Armstrong later sued the government and the policeman involved and the Attorney General’s Office accepted liability.
As a result, Justice Chester Stamp awarded Armstrong J$2.4 million for special damages, J$500,000 each for false imprisonment and aggravated damages and J$441,000 for false imprisonment.