THE JAMAICA CONSTABULARY FORCE
CONSTABULARY COMMUNICATION NETWORK
POLICE LAUNCH INVESTIGATIONS INTO MALICIOUS CRIMINAL ACTS
Senior investigators from the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) headquarters of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have launched an investigation into the reports of a series of activities which have been linked to a particular case that is currently before the Court.
One of two latest activities reported, involves a case of robbery while the other involves a case of malicious destruction of property.
On one occasion, a hotel where it is believed a witness was staying, was invaded. During the robbery, the criminals took the guest list and JMD one thousand. No other valuables were removed from the location. In another incident, a number of fibre optic cables at one of the cell sites of a telecommunications company were maliciously destroyed.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the acts appear to have been deliberately orchestrated by associates of suspects in custody; criminals who seek to intimidate witnesses and pervert the course of justice.
While the investigations continue, the Police are warning individuals who continue to support criminality that the law will take its full force, even as they seek to interfere with the proceedings geared towards bringing their fellow hoodlums to justice for the crimes they have committed.
Citizens are urged to report suspicious activities and any information to the Police immediately. Individuals may contact the CIB headquarters at 922-9847/922-7855, Crime Stop at 311, Kingfish at 811, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.
“This is not the first time the description high profile has been used. It does not take a lot of detective work to link it to this case…the Court is intent on balancing the right of freedom of speech and the right of the accused to a fair trial…much time has been spent in this case and I do not want any prejudice in this matter. I also do not want this mention of high profile matter. That is a mere charade…”
Judge Campbell reminded DSP Brown that Kartel and his co-accused are facing serious charges and that in the present case the right of the accused to a fair trial will trump the right to freedom of expression.
The DSP requested to speak. The judge said it was not necessary.The Court the judge said was not of the view that the Police had acted intentionally in attempting the prejudice the case of Kartel and his co-accused. But, said Justice Campbell to DSP Brown, if the Court was so convinced it would not shy away from exercising its coercive powers.
Deputy Superintendent Brown again wanted to speak. Justice Campbell obliged – “if u wish to say something – please do.”
The Police Communication boss commented to Justice Campbell – ‘What I wish to say is that there are several ongoing high profile cases including the Cuban light bulb, Forbes, Vaz and Bicknell and the ATL pension case.’
A fuming Tom Tavares Finson intervened and attacked the relevance of DSP Brown’s comment. The attorney emphasized to DSP Brown that regardless of the case before the Court the Police should be careful to not act in a prejudicial manner.