New court date for seven cops on corruption rap
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: The case against seven policemen, who reportedly accepted money from a St James businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him on ganja charges, was yesterday deferred to December 3, to give the prosecution time to review documents in the case.
Constables Alman Fletcher, Delroy Brown, Marvin Campbell, Devon Bernard, Dwayne Lynch, Paul Williams, and Tajay Allen, who are all attached to the St James Police Division, had their bails extended when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The seven are charged with extortion, corruptly soliciting money, corruptly accepting money, and aiding and abetting. Allegations are that, in November 2013, they solicited and accepted $300,000 from a businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him for a quantity of ganja, which was found at his premises during a police operation.
Yesterday, clerk of court Natalie Malcolm asked presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger for time to peruse a number of documents, which the prosecution intends to use in its case against the seven defendants.
"The matter is ready. However, there are a number of documents that I was unable to read ..., by tomorrow three evidence CDs will be ready, and I would need some time to review this matter. I would ask for an adjournment in this matter until early December," said Malcolm.
Granger subsequently set the case for mention on December 3.