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Trio on kidnapping rap caught in fortuitous random spot check

Published:Tuesday | June 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer


LUCK MAY have played a significant part in the police apprehending three of four persons implicated in last year's kidnapping of a four-year-old boy at the Mount Alvernia Preparatory School, in Montego Bay.

When the case resumed in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, one of three police witnesses told the court that he had stopped the trio in a random spot check when he heard the transmission of the kidnapping and the description of the car.

16-year-old among accused

Twenty-three-year-old cabinet-maker Jonathan Mitchell of Spaldings, Clarendon; 22-year-old barber Trevon Tomlinson of Cornwall Courts, Montego Bay; 26-year-old counsellor Jenise Regisford of Bloomfield, Connecticut, USA and Cornwall Courts, Montego Bay; and a 16-year-old boy of Paradise, Montego Bay, are all charged in connection with the abduction of the child, who was snatched on the school's compound on the afternoon of May 3, 2011.

The child was reportedly taken while waiting to be picked up by his parents. He was found unharmed the following day at a house in Clarendon. The four accused, along with two other individuals, were arrested and charged.

Speeding violation

Constable Mark Salmon of the Montego Bay Highway Patrol Unit testified that on the night of the kidnapping, at approximately 11 p.m., he was conducting a spot check near the Shell Gas Station along the Coral Gardens main road when he spotted the car.

"I stopped a grey Toyota Camry motorcar for a speeding violation. The vehicle had three males aboard, and they were all instructed to exit the vehicle," said Salmon. "Whilst in the process of inspecting them, I received a transmission over the police radio, and as a result I held the men, along with the vehicle."

"I determined the driver's name to be Trevon Tomlinson by inspecting his driver's licence," Salmon continued, pointing out Tomlinson in the prisoner's dock.

"Do you see the other two men in this court today?" Resident Magistrate Wilson Smith asked Salmon.

"Yes, sir; the gentleman in the green striped shirt and the one in the plaid shirt," Salmon replied, pointing towards Mitchell and the 16-year-old, who were sitting on either side of Tomlinson.

The case will resume on Wednesday, June 27, with testimony expected from three more police officers.