THE EDITOR, Sir:
In Garth Rattray's August 27, 2012 column 'The politics of strange', he highlighted the manner in which people's reputations have been tarnished with allegations of impropriety, without evidence to substantiate the claims.
I feel sympathy for Councillor Michael Troupe and others who, like me, have been subjected to the same allegation and treatment under the guise of being 'major players' in the lottery scam.
Unlike the councillors, I was not charged with any offence, but was also taken from my home on the morning of April 26, 2012 and transported to the army facility located at the Sangster International Airport and then placed in the back of that same truck and driven to the Freeport lock-up, where I was detained for 72 hours before being released.
It was raining heavily by the time the truck exited the gate of the JDF facility and we had to endure not only the embarrassment of being paraded for all to see, but being drenched from the rain.
I am a self-employed person operating my business from home and, like anyone else, possess mobile phones and computers. These items were taken from me on that fateful day. To date, even with an attorney pursuing the whereabouts of my property, the police have failed to respond. They have in their possession four mobile phones, a laptop and a desktop CPU for me.
Their seizure has affected both my professional and personal life, as I was cut off from my customers, suppliers and my children who reside outside Jamaica. I had suffered a similar fate back in September 2008 and I took it upon myself to draft a report detailing what I was subjected to and sent it to the commissioner of police, but it was intercepted by someone working there, perhaps to protect their colleagues.
I had to print another copy of the document and drove to Savanna-la-Mar, where the commissioner was attending a crime forum, and handed him the document personally. It was through the dedicated staff at the Office of the Inspectorate of the Constabulary that I was able to recover some of my property nine months later.
Being that the councillors are public figures, their experience is known worldwide, with many convinced of their guilt, without any evidence presented in a court of law and a conviction obtained.
I, on the other hand, suffer the same, albeit quietly, with the exception of the people in my community who witnessed, repeatedly, what I and other family members have been subjected to for years.