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Bench warrant out for man on kidnapping charge

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

A bench warrant was issued on Monday for Andrew Dillion, one of the four persons charged in connection with the kidnapping of a St Ann businessman on January 13, 2010.

Dillion is on bail in the sum of $100,000 with a surety, but when the case was mentioned on Monday in the Home Circuit Court he was absent.

Justice Horace Marsh issued a warrant for his arrest.

The other accused who are also on bail are Trevorlyn Rowe, Nikesha Whyte and Aldane Jackson.

They are to return to court on June 13 when it is expected their trial will begin.

Seeking more time

The case was set for trial on Monday but could not proceed as the court was told that the prosecution had just gained possession of call data which needed further analysis. Caroline Hay, senior deputy director of public prosecutions, in applying for an adjournment said that the crown needed more time to conclude that aspect of the prosecution's case.

It is being alleged that on January 13, 2010, a woman approached the businessman who operates a locksmith business in St Ann, and asked him to open the lock for the door of a motor car.

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

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

The police set up a sting operation in which one of the alleged kidnappers was held.

Further investigations led to the arrest of the others.