Court throws out charge of attempted robbery of cop in downtown Kgn
A 25-year-old salesclerk of a Kingston address was on Thursday freed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court of charges of assaulting and attempting to rob a policeman.
The cop testified that on October 7, 2015, while waiting to board a bus at North Parade in downtown Kingston, a man approached him from behind and demanded his smartphone which he was using at the time.
The policeman further testified that he felt something hard sticking into the right side of his back, and came to the conclusion that his assailant had a gun or a knife while demands were being made of him to hand over his phone.
Claims are that a struggle ensued between the two, resulting in the policeman pulling his service pistol, which he used to bring the situation under control.
The policeman reported that he subsequently arrested Tedroy Reid and took him to the Central Police Station, where a report was made.
However, Reid’s attorney, Peter Champagnie, argued in court that his client did not attempt to rob the policeman, but had simply tapped him on his back to ask him the time.
Champagnie suggested in cross-examination of the policeman, that the location where the incident happened was a busy thoroughfare, and the cop had not heard what his client was asking.
The lawyer said during the course of the trial, it was pointed out that upon being arrested, it was established that Reid neither had a gun or any other kind of weapon, and had sought to explain to the policeman at the time, that the development had resulted from a genuine misunderstanding.
At the end of the trial, the presiding judge found the accused not guilty on the basis that a number of doubts had arisen in relation to the policeman’s testimony.