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Senior cop, JP freed of fraud charges

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A senior police officer and a Justice of the Peace (JP) were today acquitted of fraud charges in the St Mary Parish Court.

Deputy Superintendent Denise McKain and well-known JP Jeanette Rose-Bryan were arrested and charged two years ago in connection with the disposal of government lands in St Mary.

McKain and Rose-Bryan were charged by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) with obtaining money by false pretences and fraudulent conversion.

It was alleged that between 2009 and 2012, Rose-Bryan and DSP McKain used an unregistered organisation to fraudulently solicit and obtain money from farmers on government-owned lands in Three Hills Farm District in St Mary.

But after several delays in the start of the trial, prosecutors today announced in court that they were offering no evidence against the two.

The case was last before the court in May at which time the presiding judge declared that today would be the final trial date.

On that occasion, one of the attorneys representing the women, Abel-don Foote argued that his clients were wrongly charged.

Mr Foote also argued that the long delays in placing the two women on trial were an indication that prosecutors were having a difficulty mounting a case.