Jamaica News, Montego Bay: St James born dancehall artist Tommy Lee and his lawyer are presently inside the courtroom at the St James Parish Court, doing battle with the state to have the artist released from custody today.
Tommy Lee was taken into custody close to two weeks now and is being housed at the Freeport lockup in Montego Bay.
During his previous appearance in court, presiding Judge, Sandrea Wong-Small gave the police seven days to come up with a justification for the detention of dancehall entertainer Tommy “Sparta” Lee or release him from custody.
Justice Wong-Small has indicated that the police should produce documents to justify where they are heading with the entertainer’s case today, Tuesday, May 29.
Tommy Lee and his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson filed a habeas corpus in the Parish Court during his first representation of the artist on Tuesday, May 22, to have his client released from custody.
Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was taken into custody early on Sunday morning, May 20, right after he had just finish performing on the popular dancehall television series Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall, which was being held at Manor Park in St Andrew.
The entertainer who was born in Flankers, St James but has been living in Kingston since the past four years, was then transported to St James where he is being held at the Freeport lockup under the State of Public Emergency.
A number of residents in and around the parishes of western Jamaica say they are now very concern with the actions of the police.
One Montego Bay businessman pointed out that this is not the first time where the entertainer has been taken into custody by the police during the Reggae Sumfest season and this is very questionable.
By Henry Bucknor