Man on lar­ceny charge ac­cuses cop of mis­treat­ment

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Jamaica

© PressReader. All rights reserved.