Monday 18 November, 2019

Cops freed of corruption convictions

The Court of Appeal has quashed the convictions of, and entered verdicts of acquittal for, two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who were prosecuted under the Corruption Prevention Act.

The policemen, identified as Oliver Johnson and Karl Roberts, were accused of taking a bribe amounting to $14,000 in 2008, from a man as part of a deal to not prosecute him for a quantity of ganja that was found at his home.

Reports were that the man made a report to the police, and the two policemen were arrested and charged three years later.

Attorneys representing the men said the arrests were carried out without any proper explanation.

A submission was made in the Court of Appeal that the complainant gave conflicting evidence at the trial of both accused police men, which the Appeal Court found favour with.

The case has since been quashed, with both men being acquitted.

At the trial, Roberts was represented by attorney-at-law, Peter Champagnie, while Johnson was represented by attorney Courtney Maxwell.

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