JLP councillor spends Independence in lock-up
Controversial Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor, David Brown spent the Independence weekend in jail after he was accused of assaulting a senior citizen during an altercation on Union Street in Montego Bay, St James, on August 3.
The incident comes months after the first-time councillor had to apologise for making discriminatory remarks to a female associate via his WhatsApp account, which went viral on social media.
The local government representative for the Montego Bay West municipal division allegedly used his licensed firearm to hit a 65-year-old man.
Brown was subsequently arrested and his licensed firearm seized.
The police told WESTERN STAR that Brown would be questioned in the presence of his attorney in the coming days, but bail was not considered after it was discovered that the police had an 11-month old warrant from the St James Family Court for Brown's arrest.
Homer Davis, a deputy general secretary of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, has urged people not to judge the councillor without knowing the facts of the case.
"There is a presumption of innocence, that is everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We must not seek to find someone guilty without due process," said Davis, who is mayor of Montego Bay.
He argued that public figures, including politicians, are at times unfairly judged and at times their reputations are ruined by unfounded allegations.
"We must apply the highest degree of probity because allegations destroy people's character," Davis said.