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Policeman freed of corruption charge after five years

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:21 AM

Police Constable Owen McLeary has been freed of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act, after being before the court for five years.

McLeary was accused of soliciting money from a man to release his motorcycle.

The complainant testified in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court that in March 2012 he was Half-Way Tree, St Andrew when his motorcycle was seized by the police.

He told the court that the motorbike was taken to the Organised Crime Investigations Division (OCID) where McLeary took custody of it.

He testified that he visited OCID where the policeman told him that he should pay him $400,000 to get back his motorcycle.

He said days later he went back to OCID and gave McLeary $100,000 and that they exchanged telephone numbers.

The man testified that he made phones calls to the accused but he was unable to contact him.

He said he subsequently filed a police report and following an investigation, the Director of Public Prosecution ruled that should be charged.

In court, the policeman’s attorney, Dwight Reece, argued that there was no evidence to show that the policeman committed the offence.

He also pointed out that there was no information in the entry book at OCID or video footage to show that the complainant visited the office a second time.

Parish Judge Chester Crooks agreed with the submissions and freed the policeman.