An Investigator’s Failure to Efficiently Manage his Case Triggered the Wrath of a Judge

Jamaica News: After a police officer failed to produce a medical certificate, coupled with his failure to appear in court, that did not go down well with a St. James Parish Judge on Thursday.

Presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small expressed her disgust when the matter against Peter Hamilton, who is facing a charge of unlawful wounding, came up for mention before her.

When the prosecution was ready to deal with the case, the investigating officer was not present. The matter first came before the court on September 12, 2018, and to date, the officer had not made an application for the medical certificate which is crucial to the case. Also, court records indicate that the officer had never been present in court to deal with the matter.

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The irate judge at that point instructed the clerk-of-court to write a letter to the Commissioner of Police and the Senior Superintendent of police to inform them of the issues the court was having with that police officer. The judge also ordered that the case be reassigned to another officer.

The matter was subsequently set for mention on June 20 and Hamilton’s bail was extended.

Details of the allegations were not outlined but 36-year-old Hamilton of Railway Lane, St. James was charged with unlawful wounding after he used a glass bottle to inflict wounds to another man’s face.


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