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August 5, 2014
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Not guilty verdict for cops, barber accused of corruption

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

Two policemen and a barber were freed of corruption charges in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Those freed are Detective Constable Oniel Barrett and District Constable Horace Allen of the Linstead Police Station, and Oral Edwards from Linstead, all in St Catherine.

In her summation, Resident Magistrate Anmarie Nembhard told the three accused that the Crown had failed to make out a prima facie case against them and, as such, they were found "not guilty".

The Crown led evidence that Allen and Barrett had solicited money from a man to discontinue an investigation involving a stolen car.

Edwards was charged after he was said to have facilitated Barrett collecting the money.

Allen was held along the Ewarton main road on May 16, 2012 by personnel from the Anti Corruption Branch, who claimed he collected money. Further investigation had led to the arrest of Barrett and Edwards.

The men were represented by attorneys-at-law Peter Champanie and Vinette Grant.

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