Following release from prison… MAN BEGS POLICE TO RETURN PASSPORT

April 14, 2016
Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer Orando Trusty
Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer Orando Trusty

Following release from prison ...


"I feel like an alien in my own country, unable to carry out simple tasks and function," is how 30-year-old Orando Trusty says he feels after his documents were allegedly lost by police officers.

Trusty claims that he was taken from a flight in 2013 and his documents seized by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who he said were investigating him for a murder he knew nothing about.

"They took my pouch with my national identification, TRN, passport, and birth papers. I signed for the documents and they asked me to come with them, and I did because I know I was innocent," he said, adding that he was on his way to Barbados to take up a job offer on December 27, 2013.

Trusty was charged for the murder of Carl Service on January 3, 2014, and he spent almost two years at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre before the court threw out the matter on March 15.

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He said he was granted bail on January 30, 2015, but was unable to take up bail because he was unable to produce his relevant documents. After retaining a lawyer, Trusty said the stop order was lifted and he was able to take up his bail on November 12, 2015.

As part of his bail, he had to relocate to Portland where he reported to the Manchioneal police daily.

But now that the case has been thrown out, Trusty said he is still unable to get his documents, although the police were instructed by the judge to return his documents.

They say opportunity comes once in a lifetime, but for Trusty, if he is given his travel documents, he can take up another job offer in Barbados if he is able to leave Jamaica by April 18.

"Only thing mi ask MIT (Major Investigation Task Force), since unuh can't find the passport, please, mi a ask unuh give mi a paper signing that unuh taking responsibility. Say unuh lose mi passport cause me can't go up there off my own. Mi haffi produce how, when, and where the passport lost," Trusty told THE STAR.

When our news team contacted the MIT, Detective Inspector Hutchinson told THE STAR that he was aware of the matter and offered to expedite the process. He added that Trusty's documents may have been misplaced during a recent relocation by the department.

"A letter has been prepared for him. I am not sure if it is ready. There is an ongoing search for the documents. If it is found before the letter is ready then PICA would be notified," he said.

The Office of the Public Defender was also contacted and a senior official said Trusty could sue for damages, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.

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