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UPDATED: JLP activist freed of charges in Swiss Stores heist

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 11:07 AM

Jamaica Labour Party activist, Kayon 'Treasure' Campbell has been freed of robbery related charges arising from a heist at the Swiss Stores on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston in April 2013.

Campbell was freed in the Gun Court after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

He was arrested and charged with robbery with aggravation, illegal possession of firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery following investigations by police.

He and two other persons, businessman Donald Ho, and St Catherine resident Norman Robertson were on trial in the Gun Court which started on May 10.

Ho and Robertson have pleaded guilty and are to be sentenced on a date to be set by presiding judge Justice Glen Brown.

Robertson pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm and robbery with aggravation and Ho pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

They had previously pleaded not guilty.

Their bails have been extended pending sentencing.

On the afternoon of April 9, 2013, gunmen held up and robbed the Swiss Stores of several high-end watches valued at US$66,000.

*Note: The co-accused in this case is businessman Donald Ho. He has pleaded guilty.