St Catherine Magistrate chides INDECOM
A St Catherine magistrate today criticised the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for its decision to charge a policeman and bring him before her court for an alleged offence committed in another parish.
INDECOM had ordered Inspector Fitzroy Rhoden to appear before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court in St Catherine on a charge of assault.
He was earlier charged at the Spanish Town Police Station.
But today, the court was informed that the alleged offence was committed in St. Ann.
The policeman, who is being represented by Attorney-at-Law, Valerie Neita Robertson, is accused of assaulting a prisoner.
Neita Robertson said RM Ann-Marie Nembhard was displeased that the accused was not charged in the parish where the offence took place.
She says the magistrate stated that INDECOM cannot unilaterally change jurisdiction as it does not have that authority in law.
The proper procedure was for INDECOM to take the accused man before a court in the parish where the alleged offence took place and make an application for a change of venue.
The magistrate would later grant bail to the police inspector in the sum of $150,000 and ordered that the case be transferred to St. Ann.
The case has been set for mention next Thursday.
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