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June 17, 2014
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Cops freed of bribery charges

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

Two police personnel were freed in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court today due to the absence of three witnesses.

Those freed are Constable Kaben Williams and Corporal Debbie Rhoden, both of the St Catherine South Police Division.

When the matter came up, Clerk of Court Nicole Kellier revealed that the three prosecution witnesses were absent.

She told the court that she had written the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to have the matter dismissed, and had written to the commissioner of police to have the matter dealt with internally.

Both accused were told that in light of the fact that on the 10 occasions the matter came to court, no witnesses turned up so the matter was being dismissed.

The court said that on June 12, 2012, both officers were taken into police custody after it was reported that they solicited money from one of the witnesses to drop charges stemming from breaches of the Road Traffic Act.

Investigators said a total of $10,000 was paid over and the accused were held.

An investigation was launched and the director of public prosecutions ruled that they be charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Rhoden was represented by attorney-at-law Althea Grant and Williams by attorney Courtney Williams.

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