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Man allegedly framed by police freed

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Twenty-five-year-old David Clarke of Riverton City, who was allegedly framed by the police that he was found with a magazine containing 14 rounds of ammunition has been freed.

He was freed in the Gun Court this morning after the Crown offered no evidence against him.

This after investigation revealed that Clarke was not in possession of the magazine when he was held three years ago.

Attorneys-at-law Bert Samuels and Michael Howell, who represented the freed man, explained that their client had always maintained his innocence.

Samuels says three weeks ago, they wrote to Colonel Patrick Cole of the Jamaica Defence Force requesting an investigation in the matter.

It was reported that soldiers were on patrol with the police at the time of the incident on September 15, 2011.

The lawyer wanted the military to look into any reports filed by soldiers.

He said the Colonel sent the report file by the soldiers to the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.

Samuels says he asked the DPP for disclosure of the soldiers' statement, which contradicted the police reports.

The account from the soldier who gave the report indicated that it was the JDF officer found the magazine in bushes.

Based on the statements from the soldier, the Crown told the court that it could no longer proceed with the case.

Justice Leighton Pusey dismissed the charge, freeing Clarke.

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