Cops re­leased af­ter ar­rest for tar­di­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THREE COPS who were ar­rested last week on war­rants or­dered by a judge, be­cause of their tar­di­ness in com­plet­ing case files for court, were re­leased from cus­tody on Fri­day.

Among them was Sergeant Kevin Mayne, who, ac­cord­ing to Se­nior Par­ish Court Judge Si­mone Wolfe Reece, has other out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rants.

Wolfe Reece noted, too, that the war­rant for his ar­rest was at­tached to a let­ter that was sent to the Of­fice of the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner.

Cor­po­ral Ra­mon Blair, who spent two days in cus­tody, and Con­sta­ble Shawana Walk­erThomp­son, who was in cus­tody for a day, were the other cops freed.

“Too many mat­ters come be­fore the court and all that is out­stand­ing is a state­ment from the po­lice. Fool­ish­ness. Ab­so­lute fool­ish­ness,” Wolfe Reece lamented be­fore or­der­ing their re­lease.

“Un­til we meet again,” she told Mayne.

Wolfe Reece said she un­der­stood the chal­lenges fac­ing po­lice per­son­nel, but urged them to be proac­tive and com­mu­ni­cate in a timely man­ner with the court of­fice.

Mayne is the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in a fraud case against two men that have been be­fore the courts for more than a year. The trial has been stalled be­cause of an out­stand­ing state­ment from Sco­tia­bank.

MISSED COURT DATES

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Mayne has missed sev­eral court dates and has failed to in­di­cate what steps he has taken to col­lect the state­ment and when it will be ob­tained.

His at­tor­ney, Va­lerie NeitaRobert­son, in­formed the court that he has been ill and that the li­ai­son of­fi­cer failed to in­form him of the new court date.

Blair is the in­ves­ti­ga­tor in a case against Krisann Pet­grave, who is charged for lar­ceny as a ser­vant. Pet­grave’s at­tor­ney, Court­ney Rowe, said she was al­legedly caught on a se­cu­rity cam­era steal­ing money from the cos­metic store where she was em­ployed.

EIGHT ADJOURNMENTS

Rowe said the case has been ad­journed eight times as a re­port from the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force’s cy­ber­crimes unit, which Cor­po­ral Blair promised to de­liver last Novem­ber, re­mains out­stand­ing.

Walker-Thomp­son, who is the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in a fraud case, was bound over when she last ap­peared in court to col­lect sev­eral sub­poe­nas for wit­nesses. How­ever, court records show that she has failed to in­di­cate whether the sub­poe­nas had been served.

Neita-Robert­son, who also rep­re­sented Walker-Thomp­son, said the con­sta­ble got the dates mixed up be­cause of the “pres­sures of work.

“It was an er­ror on her part and she takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for it. She apol­o­gises and un­der­take not to let it hap­pen again,” Neita-Robert­son said.

Carla Minet San­tos, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Cen­tre for In­ves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism, Puerto Rico, speaks with Pro­fes­sor Hopeton Dunn (left), di­rec­tor of CARIMAC, and Pro­fes­sor Trevor Mun­roe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tegrity Ac­tion (NIA), at the open­ing cer­e­mony for a CARIMAC-NIA sem­i­nar on in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism, held at CARIMAC, UWI, Mona, on Satur­day.

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