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Trial today for cops accused of unlawfully releasing prisoner

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Another attempt is to be made today to start the trial of two cops accused of corruption in relation to the alleged unlawful release of a prisoner from custody in 2013.

The trial could not proceed yesterday after the court was informed that the lawyer for one of the accused Constable Raymond Johnson was not present.

Johnson is charged along with Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks.

The two are being tried in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on allegations that they were involved in the January 30, 2013 release of prisoner, Greg Taylor, from the Montego Bay lock-up under questionable circumstances.

Johnson and Hutchinson-Brooks, who were charged with two other cops, have denied the allegations.

Johnson had previously testified that he was at a party at the time of the alleged unauthorised release, while Hutchinson-Brooks has testified that she was on duty in Savanna-la-Mar, where she was stationed at the time.

One of the other two cops was eventually freed by the court, while the fourth accused, Kaye Falconer, is being tried separately and will reappear in court on Thursday, July 16.

The escapee was reportedly recaptured at Falconer's house.