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Hunts Bay cops arrested after allegedly collecting $300,000 to free murder suspect

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 3:41 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Two policemen who allegedly collected  $300,000 to free a man charged with murder have been arrested and charged with corruption offences.

As a result of the arrests, investigators are now reviewing all the cases handled by the cops to "see if there are any gaps."

"We have no other reports but we are looking at all the cases they handled to see if there are gaps in them," said  Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, the head of the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

One of the policemen has been identified as Corporal Roger Taylor, who is assigned to the Hunts Bay Police Station in the St Andrew South Division.

The second cop, constable Alex Francis, is also assigned to the Hunts Bay Police Station.

Both men have been arrested and charged for attempting to pervert the course of justice and could face other corruption-related charges.

Powell, in outlining the allegations against the two policemen, said they allegedly collected the money from a woman to release the murder accused.

But according to him, the plan began to unravel after a senior officer prevented them from releasing the suspect.

"That led to the woman complaining about giving them the money," Assistant Commissioner Powell told The Gleaner.

"Statements were collected, an investigation was conducted and they were arrested and charged," he added.