Cop beats corruption charge
A policeman who was shot while his colleagues tried to apprehend him during a sting operation in 2015 has been freed of corruption charges.
The cop, Dudley Lewin, who was attached to the Spanish Town Police Station in the St Catherine Division, was shot in his right arm and had to receive medical treatment before being carted off to jail.
At the time of his arrest, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) alleged that Lewin seized a coaster bus and later solicited $30,000 for the release of the motor vehicle without prosecution under the Road Traffic Act. It was further alleged that he was seen collecting $16,000 from the complainant and was arrested by detectives from MOCA during an operation.
However, when the cop appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday, judge Tara Reid-Carr was told that the Crown had failed to established its case against him.
Reid-Carr said that there were aspects in the crown's evidence lacked credibility. The judge also said that aspects of the video evidence was not shown to make the case against Lewin.
She told the court that she concurred with attorney-at-law Kimani Brydson that Lewin should get the benefit of the doubt.