Policeman accused of stealing cocaine freed of charges
Police Inspector Marlon Taylor has been freed of charges of simple larceny and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Taylor, who was represented by defence lawyers Peter Champagnie and Ramona Nelson, was freed after Resident Magistrate Yvonne Brown upheld a no case submission that the main witness for the Crown was discredited under cross-examination.
Taylor was tried in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court.
The allegations were that on September 3, 2008, two policemen in a marked service vehicle intercepted a motorcar with five persons.
A woman was found with a handbag which had in a powdery substance believed to be cocaine.
The two policemen took the bag with the cocaine and left.
It was further alleged that the woman went to the May Pen police station and identified the policemen who took her bag with the cocaine but they denied taking it.
The matter was referred to the Anti-Corruption Branch.
Constable Alexander McLean testified that it was Inspector Taylor who instructed him to stop the motorcar and take the drugs and that he gave the drugs to the accused.
Cross-examined by Nelson, Constable McLean admitted that he told a senior police officer that no drugs were seized on the day in question.
He admitted that sometime after he took $49,000 from another policeman who was with him when the car was intercepted but he did not know what the money was for.
McLean admitted under cross-examination that he had put in his written statement that the money he received from his colleague was payback to conceal the cocaine that was taken from the woman.
RM Brown in upholding the no case submission remarked that the police investigation in relation to the case was poor.
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