JP freed of corruption charge
A St Catherine-based justice of the peace (JP) was freed of corruption charge in Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.
He is Howard Charvis from Linstead in the parish. When Charvis appeared before Resident Magistrate Llyle Armstrong, the matter was dismissed for want of prosecution.
This was after it was revealed that the witness in the matter has been constantly absent. Charvis was told that if the witness is found, then the matter could be listed again.
Charvis was charged in 2014 with making a false declaration. This was after he was accused of signing documents for a surety, who he did not know, to bail someone. The matter came to light when a bench warrant was issued for the accused who did not turn up for his hearing.
When the surety was held, he revealed that some documents was just brought to him to sign and that he did not know the JP who dealt with the documentation.
An investigation was launched which resulted in Charvis being charged. He has made numerous court appearances and maintained his innocence.