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Closing arguments in ex-cop kidnapping case expected to begin today

Published:Monday | October 5, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Lawyers for the defence and the accused are expected to begin their closing arguments today in the kidnapping trial of former policeman Alpheus Wade.

The defence closed its case on Friday, while the crown closed its case a week prior.

Wade has been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since last month for the 2011 kidnapping of Kingston Businessman, Marc Frankson.

Frankson has testified that he was held up by men on June 15, 2011, blindfolded and taken to an undisclosed location.

He said the kidnappers demanded a ransom of US$500,000.

The businessman said he managed to escape following an alleged shootout between his kidnappers and the police in Portmore, St Catherine.

Wade has denied being involved in Frankson’s kidnapping and testified that it was he who was kidnapped.

The ex-cop has admitted to giving a caution statement to the police in 2011 confessing to the businessman’s kidnapping.

However, Wade said he only gave the statement after the police told him that his children would be placed in state care if he did not cooperate with their investigation.

Police witnesses have testified that Wade freely gave the statement without any undue influence.

The trial is being heard by Justice Jennifer Straw and a seven-member jury.