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Cops in corruption case face court January 20

Published:Tuesday | January 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

Constables Raymond Johnson and Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks, the two police officers who are on trial for the unlawful release of a prisoner from police custody in January 2013, will reappear before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on January 20.

Johnson and Brooks, who are on trial for corruption, had their bails extended when they appeared in court yesterday, after presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie was informed that attorney-at-law Lavern Walters, who is part of the duo's defence team, would not be present for the day's proceedings.

"Ms Walters is asking for a date in late January ... you are both to return on January 20. Your bails are extended until then," Tie told Johnson and Hutchinson-Brooks.

The allegations against the two officers are that, on January 30, 2013, they took part in the release of prisoner Greg Taylor from the Montego Bay police lock-up under questionable circumstances.

The two defendants have maintained their innocence throughout the trial, with Johnson previously testifying that he was at a party at the time of the alleged incident, and Hutchinson-Brooks testifying that she was on duty in Savanna-la-mar where she was stationed at the time.

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