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Judge orders arrest of two cops tardy in completing case files

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer 

A judge today ordered the arrest of two policemen who have been tardy in completing their case files for court. 

Senior Parish Court judge Simone Wolfe Reece ordered that the arrest warrants be issued for Sergeant Nicholson, who is attached to the Motorised Patrol Division, and Corporal Ramon Blair, who is attached to the St Andrew Central Division. 

“It is to be prepared and for me to sign now,” Wolfe Reece said of the arrest warrant for Blair. 

Blair is the investigator in a case brought against Krisann Petgrave for larceny as a servant while Nicholson is the investigator in a case of malicious destruction of property filed against Joel Sinclair. 

Petgrave’s attorney, Courtney Rowe, said she was allegedly caught on a security camera stealing money from the cosmetic store to which she was employed. 

Rowe said prosecutors claim every sale Petgrave made she would place some of the money in the cash register and keep back some.

Sinclair, who is a patient at the Bellevue Hospital, was charged with allegedly damaging the windscreen on a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus and a private motorcar. 

The case against Petgrave was first before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on February 18 last year and has been mentioned eight times since then. 

Rowe told the court that on November 3 last year – one of the eight mention dates – Corporal Blair indicated that he delivered images from the security camera to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Cybercrimes Forensic and Communications Division and is awaiting a report. 

As a result, the attorney said the case was set for January 23 this year. 

However, he said on January 23, Blair attended court and said the Cybercrimes division needed two months to complete the report. 

Consequently, Rowe said the case was set for today and Corporal Blair was bound over to attend court. 

When the case was mentioned, a liaison officer from the St Andrew Central Division again requested more time to allow the Cybercrimes division to complete its report and that infuriated Wolfe Reece. 

She directed that his name be called outside the courtroom and ordered the arrest warrant when he did not answer. 

The case is to be mentioned again on Friday. 

In the case against Sinclair, his attorney said it has been before the court since last year and a statement is still outstanding from Sergeant Nicholson.