Cops' corruption case stalled
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The case against the seven Montego Bay policemen who allegedly accepted money from a St James businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him on ganja charges has been deferred until March 4 because of the prosecution's case-file not being completed.
Constables Alman Fletcher, Delroy Brown, Marvin Campbell, Devon Bernard, Dwayne Lynch, Paul Williams, and Taj Allen, who are all attached to the St James Police Division, are before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on charges of extortion, corruptly soliciting money, corruptly accepting money, and aiding and abetting. They had their bails extended following their court appearance.
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 that was found at his premises during a police operation.
When the matter was mentioned, Clerk of the Court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that a police statement was still outstanding from the prosecution's case file.
"The investigating officer is in possession of four sets of CDs (evidence) ... there is just one statement that is not on file. I am told that within two weeks, that statement will be here," said Malcolm.
"Is March 4 convenient for mentioning the matter?" Tie asked attorney-at-law Morrel Beckford, who is part of the seven cops' defence team, following Malcolm's explanation.
"Yes, Ma'am," Beckford answered.
"All seven of you are to return here on March 4. Your bails are extended until then," Tie said to the police defendants before they were allowed to leave the courtroom.