'Bungles' arrest viewed by court

Published: Friday | July 17, 2009



Daley

The videotape of the sting operation in which Superintendent Harry 'Bungles' Daley was allegedly held on July 31 last year with marked money was played in court yesterday.

Daley is charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

In the video recording, which was more than four minutes long, Daley was seen leaning against a Toyota Prado motor vehicle, being searched by a man identified as Constable Denzel Willy from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Anti-Corruption Branch.

Source of money

During the search, the policeman removed, from Daley's right-front trousers pocket, a coil of $1,000 notes. A voice, allegedly that of Daley, was heard telling Willy that he had "collected $15,000 from Coffee T's brother at the mall to take to him in Spanish Town".

The policeman then told Daley that he was looking for marks on the notes. Daley asked the policeman what the marks were and the policeman showed the notes to him. The voice, allegedly that of the policeman, could be heard saying that the 'ACB' marks had been found on the notes taken from Daley. The court was told that the ACB marks meant Anti-Corruption Branch. Yesterday's proceedings also saw complainant Tafari Clarke, Deputy Superintendent of Police Leon Clunis and Corporal Nigel Pencil taking the witness stand.

Clunis, who is said to have been one of the commanders in the operation, faced questions as to whether Daley had been cautioned before his arrest and why that was not recorded on the video.

Caution not on tape

Defence lawyer Valerie Neita-Robertson suggested that Clunis did not caution Daley and that was why the caution was not recorded on the tape. Clunis said he did caution Daley. However, the caution was not recorded by Pencil, who was responsible for the videography.

The trial continues in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today before Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. The Crown is represented by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Dirk Harrison.

Daley is accused of accepting protection money from Tafari Clarke for a shopping plaza in Ewarton, St Catherine.

It is further alleged that shortly after Daley collected the money at the waterfront, downtown Kingston, he was held in the sting operation on Arnold Road in Kingston.

The video footage and audio recording of Daley allegedly accepting protection money from Clarke on July 31 last year was played in court on Tuesday.

Clarke had reported to the police that Daley was collecting protection money from him and the sting operation was set up.