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Cop cleared of corruption charge

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 5:40 AM

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
A police constable who spent the last four years facing a corruption charge, walked free yesterday after a no order was issued in the case.

Constable Cecil McKenzie of the St Catherine North Police Division was charged in 2013 after it was alleged that he tried to prevent the arrest and charge of a man who had stolen the property of a woman.

It was alleged that McKenzie returned the woman’s bag and money and allowed the accused thief to walk without being charged.

A report was made and following an investigation a file was sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which ruled that McKenzie should be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

When McKenzie appeared before Parish Judge Grace Henry-McKenzie documents were presented to the court to indicate that the main witness has died.

McKenzie's lawyer, Christopher Townsend, then argued that his client should benefit from the development.

The cop was then told that a no order had been made and he would not have a case to answer.