Corporal Kevon Watson Constable Andrey Thomas and Constable Ricaldo Thompson were offered bail in the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) each when they appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court on Wednesday September 26, 2018. Three were charged on Sunday September 23, 2018 charged for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act by detectives from MOCA.
Allegations are in February 2018, after being acquitted of a criminal charge, the complainant was arrested by Watson, Thomas and a third policeman who solicited Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) for his release. The complainant contacted his girlfriend who resides overseas and the sum of Fifty Thousand Jamaican Dollars ($50,000.00 JM) was paid over to them for his release. After his release he made a report was made to MOCA and an investigation launched into the matter.
On Tuesday September 11, 2018, Corporal Watson and Constable Thomas again arrested the complainant and took him to the Denham Town Police Station where they solicited another One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) from him. He assured them that on the arrival of his girlfriend from the United States the money would be paid over to them. On Thursday September 13, 2018 a team of police personnel including Watson Thomas and Thompson accosted and took the complainant and his girlfriend to a location in the vicinity of the Kingston Technical High school where they received Two Hundred US Dollars ($200.00 US) and Fifty Eight Thousand Jamaican Dollars ($58,000.00 JM).
Subsequently the complainant and his girlfriend returned to MOCA and made an additional report. Following this, the three policemen were arrested and placed on an Identification Parade where they were positively identified. They were then charged following an interview session.
They will appear in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Monday November 19, 2018.
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