JP freed of corruption charge
A St Catherine-based justice of the peace was freed of corruption charge in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
He is Roy Stevenson, 57, of St Johns Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
When Stevenson appeared before Resident Magistrate Tara Reid-Carr, it was revealed by the clerk of courts that the main witness had gone missing and that the matter had to be postponed.
Attorney-at-Law Lancelot told the court that it was a priority date for the trial and if there is no trial, it should be dismissed.
He added that personnel from the Ministry of Justice kept coming to court and must be frustrated with the system.
Reid-Carr asked the clerk of court what action should be taken, and it was agreed that the matter should be dismissed.
Stevenson was then told that he was free.
Stevenson's appearances in court arose from a March 2014 matter in which a St Catherine woman was charged with fraud after her name and photograph appeared on forged documents which she used in court as surety for a man charged with rape.
The accused failed to appear in court and a bench warrant was issued for the surety.
When bailiffs held her and compared the name and photograph that were attached to documents, it was discovered that something was wrong. Further probe revealed that all the documents, including the land title, were in the name of a woman who had died in 2011.
Investigations led to the arrest of Stevenson who was the JP whose signature and stamp was on the documents for bail.
He was charged with making a false declaration, and was on $3,000,000 bail until he was freed.