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November 26 trial for St James cop on extortion charge

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 10:51 AM

A St James policeman who allegedly extorted $10,000 from a man last August is to go on trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 26.

The date was set when Constable Gregory Dixon appeared in court yesterday.

Dixon’s bail was extended.

In court yesterday, the prosecution confirmed that the firearm which was taken from the policeman had been submitted to the Firearm Licensing Authority.

The issue had been the subject of several enquiries on previous court dates.

The allegations are that on August 3, 2013, Dixon, who had been on suspension since 2012 for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, attempted to solicit $15,000 from a man who had just left a remittance agency in Montego Bay, St James.

When the demand was not met, Dixon allegedly threatened to take the man into custody.

During a second encounter with Dixon, the complainant reportedly paid over $10,000 to the policeman.

A report was made to the police's Anti-Corruption Branch and an investigation was launched.

A file was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which ruled that Dixon should be charged with extortion.


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