Man on larceny charge accuses cop of mistreatment
ASt James man, who was arrested and charged for stealing a camera, caused an uproar in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday when he accused the investigating officer of mistreating him.
Byron Malcolm of a Montego Bay address, was charged with simple larceny. He was remanded in police custody after he began behaving boisterously in the courtroom. His case was set for mention on November 27.
The court was told that Malcolm had stolen a number of items from complainant Verna Jones, including a camera, valued at US$ 48 ( J$ 4,997.60), and a laptop computer.
“He ( Malcolm) was caught on camera stealing a laptop and other items,” Clerk of the Court Reginald England told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie, though he did not indicate the date of the alleged incident.
Malcolm loudly disputed the claim, arguing that the investigating officer had harassed and arrested him without cause.
“The officer held me and said I took a laptop, and when I said I don’t know anything about it, he burst my head, took my picture and let me go,” said Malcolm. “On September 10, I was walking on Barnett Street and he ( the officer) ‘ stick’ me up again and said he was going to lock me up.”
“What they are saying is totally different, so we need to get some more information,” RM Tie told the defendant.
“The officer has a ‘ vengeance’ against me, and the last time we came to court the judge warned him to study the law,” Malcolm exclaimed angrily, prompting nearby court officers to silence him.
“You will be brought back here on November 27,” RM Tie replied, as Malcolm was handcuffed and led away from the courtroom.