Outstanding JP statement stalls corruption case
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
An outstanding statement from a Justice of the Peace (JP) has further stalled the case of the three St James policemen who are accused of taking more than $320,000 from a motorist in exchange for not prosecuting him.
Corporals Joseph Robinson and Robert Thomas, and Constable Andre Small, are charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.
When the matter was called up before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court today the court was told that the prosecution's case file was incomplete as the JP's statement had not been added to the document.
The matter was then rescheduled to November 12 and the cops' bails further extended.
It is alleged that at 3 o’clock on the morning of June 21 Robinson and Small intercepted the complainant and his girlfriend along Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay.
Upon searching the vehicle $140,000 was reportedly found in the glove compartment.
It is further alleged that the complainant was asked to provide his driver's license and motor-vehicle documents, but he was unable to produce them.
It was then that the policemen allegedly demanded money for not prosecuting the complainant.
He was reportedly given US$1,720 by the complainant.
The policeman is also said to have demanded that the couple go to an ATM machine to get more money, but they refused.
The couple was then allegedly taken to the Montego Bay Police Station where Thomas reportedly spoke to the other officers and asked the male complainant for an additional $10,000.
Thomas also allegedly instructed the complainant to leave his car documents and jewellery behind.
A report was made to the Anti-Corruption Branch and a sting operation was set up in which Thomas was arrested.
Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of Robinson and Small.
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