Commish office prompted Todd's arrest

June 02, 2016
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Devin Di Dakta

It took the intervention of the Office of the Commissioner of Police for criminal charges to be laid against Corey Todd after he allegedly assaulted Devin Di Dakta last January, the artiste's manager has claimed.

The manager, Shelly-Ann Curran, told THE STAR yesterday that the investigations against Todd appeared to have been stalled, and that charges were only brought against him after the commissioner's office was contacted.

"After months of not getting any cooperation from the police, we sought help from higher up - the commissioner's office - and immediate action was taken by the Constant Spring police to have him brought in for questioning," Curran told THE STAR.

Curran stated that she was not satisfied with the pace at which the Constant Spring police were handling the matter and decided to call the commissioner's office two weeks ago.

"After months of not getting any cooperation from the police, I finally got in touch with someone from the commissioner's office and told them about what had transpired. They spoke to the Constant Spring police and I was assured that it would be addressed, and it was," Curran told THE STAR.

Repeated attempts to reach the investigating officer to ascertain why it took so long for the charges to be laid proved futile up to press time yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Elan Powell, head of Criminal Investigation Bureau, when asked whether people can call the commissioner's office to have investigations expedited, refused to speak on the matter.

"I have no comment," Powell said, while adding that he is not involved in the investigations.


Three years

Todd, a popular businessman and entertainment promoter, was yesterday arrested and charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Under the Offences Against the Person Act, a person convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm can be imprisoned for up to three years, with or without hard labour.

Todd was arrested in connection with an incident in which recording artiste Devin Di Dakta was alleged to have been assaulted at one of the businessman's nightclubs.

Todd, along with his cronies, is accused of assaulting the 2015 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner at the Taboo Nightclub in January. The alleged assault is believed to have been the result of a 'diss' song aimed at Todd.

When questioned about how the deejay was feeling following Todd's arrest, Curran stated that the artiste was busy focusing on his music.

"He has no feeling about this at all. He continues to focus on his career. That is his priority. However, we want justice for the unprovoked attack," she said.

Todd is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court next Wednesday.

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