Wednesday 13 November, 2019

WATCH: JLP councillor denies ties to criminals, threatens legal action

JLP councillor and businessman, Christopher Townsend (left) with his namesake defense attorney Christopher Townsend and attorney Kaysian Kennedy.

JLP councillor and businessman, Christopher Townsend (left) with his namesake defense attorney Christopher Townsend and attorney Kaysian Kennedy.

Jamaica Labour Party councillor and businessman, Christopher Townsend has retained legal counsel in a bid to stop the dissemination of information via social media that maliciously attempts to link him to the attempted murder and kidnapping of a licensed firearm holder last week. 

"It is being bandied about in social media that he is associating with criminal elements. This arose out of dissemination out of what we understand to be a police WhatsApp group in an incident on October 31 this year when a licensed firearm holder was being kidnapped and robbed of his motor bus. He managed to discharge his weapon shooting three of the persons who attempted to rob him," attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend (no relation to his namesake client) told members of the media at a press conference earlier this week. 

"One of the persons is employed at Mr Townsend's garage as one of the mechanics there. In the information disseminated, it is said he is associated with all of them. He has categorically stated that he does not know the men, he only knows one of the men and the relationship is that of employer-employee and he doesn't supervise him. That is the extent of his association," the attorney-at-law said. 

According to the attorney-at-law, Townsend's business, family and reputation have come under duress and his life has been threatened. He warned that any unscrupulous persons who are disseminating libelous and slanderous comments about his client will face legal action is they don't cease and desist from slandering his client's name and sullying his reputation. Watch the video below.

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