Friday 14 August, 2020

Tommy Lee a scapegoat for Montego Bay violence, says lawyer

Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee

Attorney-at-law Ernest Smith was furious Thursday when the investigators who ought to have questioned his client, entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta, were a no-show, effectively wasting a whole day of his time, he said.

"I wasted one whole day, the very persons who should have done the interviews were never informed. I was there from 11 o'clock yesterday.  There were no interviews, no question-and-answer and Superintendent [Vernon] Ellis, who we made the arrangements with, was conveniently absent from his office.  C-TOC [Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime] said no arrangements have been made to interview my client.' I cancelled several court appearances to be there,” a frustrated Smith told Loop News on Friday morning. 

Superintendent Ellis is commander in charge of the St James Police Division. 

"A senior person from CTOC gave me assurances that he would be questioned today. Tommy Lee Sparta has no connection with any gang in Montego Bay, he left Mobay over a decade ago," Smith said. 

Smith said, however, he made new arrangements for the entertainer to be interviewed at 11.30 today but efforts to get an update proved futile this afternoon. 

Smith believes that there is a personal animus being shown towards  his client by a particular police officer who charged him four years ago, a case he won before the courts. 

"Tommy Lee cried when he went to the station, 'why every time I rise, you try to bring me down?', Tommy Lee asked him. My client is being used as a scapegoat, he has lost over $100 million in revenue because there are some cops who keep locking down his shows," Smith said. 

Tommy Lee Sparta has been detained since Tuesday, under the current state of public emergency (SOE) in St James. He can be held for 90 days without being charged.

---Claude Mills

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