Alleged Clansman gang member granted bail
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
An alleged member of the infamous Spanish Town-based Clansman gang, Kemoy Tommings, has been offered bail pending the verification of his address.
Resident Magistrate Simone Madix offered the bail yesterday following a bail application by Christopher Townsend.
Townsend argued that his client has been in custody for more than three weeks without charge.
He further argued that Tommings was not pointed out in any of the several identification parades held by the police.
The attorney also accused the police of using underhanded tactics as a means to force his client to remain in custody.
According him, after his client was not pointed out in an ID parade the police indicated that they wanted the Clansman gang member to face another question and answer session in which a policeman was the main witness.
The attorney said he objected to the parade on the bases that the policeman is stationed at the same lock up as Tommings and as such he would have interacted with his client.
He argued that to subject his client to an ID parade under those circumstances would be an abuse of justice.
The magistrate upheld the submissions and granted Tommings bail.
Meanwhile, Townsend says he has written to the Police High Command complaining about the treatment meted out to his client.
He laments that Jamaica is not a police state and the rights and liberties of all Jamaicans must be respected.
The attorney further says the police cannot expect the cooperation of citizens when they act in a matter which appears to be above the law.
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