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Phone-stealing cop loses appeal

Published:Friday | June 18, 2021 | 1:02 AM

A district constable who had been sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing a cellular phone, which was a court exhibit, has lost an appeal against his conviction.

The Court of Appeal, in dismissing the appeal Thursday, however, set aside the nine-month sentence and substituted it for a term of 8 months and three weeks, to account for the week that the appellant had spent on pre-trial remand.

Kerron Morrison, who was attached to the Bull Bay Police Station in St Andrew, was convicted in the Corporate Area Parish Court in July 2015 after he was found guilty of larceny as a servant.

The district constable was suspected of stealing a BlackBerry cellular phone from the safe at the Bull Bay Police Station in March 2011.

The phone in question was an exhibit in a matter before the parish court.

A report was then made to the then Anti-Corruption Branch and an investigation launched.

Morrison was subsequently arrested and charged after the phone was discovered in the possession of his friend, who explained that he got it from Morrison.

However, Morrison, after his conviction, was released on $300,000 bail pending his appeal.

According to Morrison’s attorney, Peter Champagnie, QC, his client had appealed on the grounds that information that he had provided to the police regarding the phone was given under duress, as he was being questioned by his superior.

tanesha.mundle@gleanerjm.com