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March 14, 2014
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JP on false-declaration rap granted $3m bail
Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer

A St Catherine justice of the peace charged with making a false declaration, was granted $3 million bail in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Roy Stevenson, 54, of St Johns Road, Spanish Town appeared. clerk of court, Nicole Kellier opposed bail, saying the JP was facing similar charges in another jurisdiction

Defence attorney Lancelot Clarke Jr, however, made a successful bail application. He said Stevenson is a model citizen and the Crown would find it difficult to prosecute him. He added that Stevenson has five children and the police can locate him easily.

Bail was subsequently granted on condition that Stevenson submit his travel documents, does not interfere with Crown witnesses and reports to the Spanish Town police daily. He returns to court on April 8.

Allegations are that on June 6, last year, the JP signed a document saying he knew Monica Pitt, who investigations revealed had been dead for several years prior. The documents allowed an accused person to be granted bail on a charge of having sex with a person under the age of 16.

That accused, however, failed to turn up in court and this resulted in the surety being arrested and charged after it was revealed that she had used an electoral identification card and land title in the name of Monica Pitt to secure bail.

Detective Constable David Christian of the Spanish Town CIB charged Stevenson. The woman remains in custody, as the Registrar General's department is yet to confirm her identity.

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