Jamaica Crime News, St James: Three St. James police officers who allegedly demanded money from two men – an attempt to blackmail them after they were allegedly caught in a compromising position – are to return to court in September.
They are Constables Damian Wilson and Shawn Stewart and District Constable Jerry Boothe.
The policemen who are represented by attorneys-at-law Martyn Thomas and Dalton Reid, made a brief appearance before the St. James Parish Court on Thursday to face a corruption charge.
They were given the new court dates because the prosecution’s case file has not been completed.
St. James Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small who was presiding over the case, extended the cops’ bails until September 19.
The allegations against the three policemen are that on August 19, 2018, between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., two men were sitting in a motor car along Kent Avenue when they approached the vehicle and ordered the two men to exit the vehicle.
The cops then told the men that the Buggery Law was still in effect, after which the men were allegedly photographed and placed inside the service vehicle. There was also a $50,000 demand by the cops to prevent them from being prosecuted for breaches of the Buggery Act, and one of the men indicated that he only had $10,000.
The men were handcuffed and driven to a certain location where $10,000 was handed over to the cops, and arrangements were made for the rest to be paid at a later date.
It is further alleged that during the exchange, threats were made to publish the men’s photographs and video on social media, and they were also told that they would be killed if the matter was reported to the police.
The two complainants later visited the MOCA-West office and filed a report. A probe was launched, and the three cops were later arrested and charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.