Cops freed of corruption charges

November 30, 2015

Three police personnel who were answering to corruption charges in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court were freed due to the continuous absence of the complainant.

Those freed are Corporal Tyrone Harvey, Constable Lamore Small and Woman Constable Kerry-Ann Williams all from the Portmore Police Station.

When the matter came up before Resident Magistrate Jacqueline Wilcott, three were freed of the criminal charges.

Allegations are that on January 23, 2013, police were on patrol on a section of the Hellshire main road in St Catherine.

The complainants were observed in a motorcar in a secluded area.The police upon investigating saw two males in the vehicle. They were warned by the police about their actions.

The complainants later reported that the police had solicited $500,000 for them not to be prosecuted.

It was further reported that they were taken to an Automated Teller Machine, where over $20,000 was withdrawn and handed over to the cops.

A report was made to the (then Anti-Corruption Branch) and an investigation launched.

This resulted in the Director of Public Prosecutions ruling that the three be charged with corruption. The accused were defended by Peter Champanie and Sean Kinghorn.

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