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Kidnapping suspects for court Mar 8

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The four persons charged with kidnapping a St Ann businessman last month are to return to the Gun Court on March 8.

Three of the four - Nikesha Whyte, Trevorlyn Rowe and Aldane Jackson - have been granted bail.

Andrew Dillion, of Spanish Town, St Catherine, was remanded to allow time for the police to verify his identity. He had reportedly given the police different names.

When all four appeared in court Monday, the case was put off because the prosecutors had not yet received all the necessary documents.

It is alleged that on January 13 a woman approached the complainant, who operates a locksmith business in St Ann, and asked him to unlock a motor car door.

While walking towards the motor car, a man brandished a gun and ordered him into the vehicle.

The four accused allegedly blindfolded the man and took him to a location where he was held for several days and a demand made for a ransom of $5 million.

The police reportedly set up a sting operation in which one of the alleged kidnappers was held and further investigations led to the arrest of the other three accused.

The case gained further prominence last week after National Security Minister Dwight Nelson objected to the decision of the court to grant bail to three of the accused.