Saturday 22 February, 2020

St Ann cops freed of abduction, rape and other charges

Two policemen who were charged with raping a woman in Runaway Bay, St Ann last year, have been freed in court.

Constable George Richards and District Constable Andre Hoilett were charged following a ruling from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) on June 1, 2018.

When the case came up for mention in the St Ann Circuit Court last Thursday, no further evidence was offered by prosecutors, as the complainant in the case could not be located.

The investigating officer also detailed her unsuccessful efforts in trying to locate the complainant.

As a result, presiding Judge, Justice Martin Gayle, freed the two cops.

According to reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) at the time, the two police officers were alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman in the Runaway Bay area on the night of May 21, 2018. The offence was alleged to have taken place while the policemen who are attached to the Runaway Bay Police Station, were on duty in the area.

A report was made to the police, and an investigation was launched, resulting in the policemen being taken into custody the following day.

In addition to later being charged for rape, the lawmen were slapped with a count each for forcible abduction and illegal possession of firearm in relation to the case.

Richards and Hoilett were subsequently offered $300,000 each.

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