Seven St James cops on extortion charges have bails extended
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The seven policemen who allegedly accepted money from a St James businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him on ganja charges last November, had their bails extended until February 4, 2015 when they appeared in court yesterday.
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, are charged before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court with extortion, corruptly soliciting money, corruptly accepting money, and aiding and abetting.
The allegations are that, in November 2013, the seven cops solicited and accepted J$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 the court Yanique Henry told Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie that the prosecution's case file was still incomplete.
"The file is not in a state of readiness... it was for the clerk to review the file to set a trial date," said Henry. "There is a CD which was in court on the last occasion, however, copies were not available... the CDs have been copied and served on defence counsel," Henry continued.
The court was also told that other documents, including triangulation data for cell sites, a transcript from one of the accused men's phones, and security footage, are still outstanding. As a result, the matter was set for mention on February 4.
"All seven of you, your bails are extended until February 4. You may go until then," RM Tie told the seven defendants.