You will be arrested - judge warns unprofessional cops
A senior parish judge yesterday delivered an ominous warning to police investigators over what she described as their "cavalier approach" towards court cases.
"I am going to start ordering [arrest] warrants and lock them up," declared senior parish judge Simone Wolfe-Reece.
The warning came in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, while a case of indecent assault against swim coach Ewan Allen was being mentioned.
Wolfe-Reece became frustrated after she was informed that the police investigator in the case had gone off on vacation without alerting prosecutors.
In addition, she said there is a complainant in the case who "has a challenge and needs his assistance to get to court."
That complainant, according to Allen's attorney Sasha-Kay Shaw, is a deaf child who requires an interpreter, one that is approved by the justice ministry.
"You can't be so cavalier ... it is unacceptable. I can't stop people from going on vacation, but you have to be more responsible to the court and to the people you serve," the judge said.
Allen was arrested and charged with four counts of indecent assault, following claims by some of his students that he touched them inappropriately while teaching them to swim. One of the charges has since been dismissed.
His attorney said one of the students complained that Allen touched her buttocks with his foot and questioned whether this was sufficient to charge her client.
She said others could not remember when the alleged touching occurred and other important details. Allen is to return to court on September 6.