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December 3, 2013
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Cop on assault rap freed
Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer

A police corporal who was accused four years ago of assaulting a Portmore resident was freed in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

He is Corporal Ronald Thompson formerly of the Waterford Police Station in Portmore, St Catherine.

After summing up the case, presiding magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green told the court that she found the account of the Crown's main witness to be lacking in credibility.

The RM said this was because it was given two years after the alleged incident which had resulted in the arrest of a witness who had failed to attend court.

Thompson was then told he was free to go as there was no case against him.

The decision of the court did not go down well with the complainant who wept openly after exiting the courthouse.

Allegations are that four years ago the complainant was beaten by the policeman while at the Waterford Police Station.

The court heard that the policeman hit her repeatedly all over her body after she had a dispute at home and was arrested.

An investigation was launched and the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that Thompson be charged with assault occasion bodily harm.

He was represented by attorney-at-law Althea Grant who told the court her client was attacked and used necessary force .

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