Lost files show up
Although Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith did not appear in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today after a summons was issued for him to do so, a long-awaited file did.
The summons was issued last October, in Magistrate Douglas Frederick’s efforts to get to the bottom of a matter that had been languishing in the court system for seven years and for which no file had so far been produced.
He had sent a summons for Griffith to appear in court today “because nobody seems to know where this file is”.
The case involves Carlos Antonio Bovell, of #103 Regent Hill, Pinelands, St Michael, who pleaded not guilty to inciting Rohan Anderson Alleyne to commit an act of serious indecency against a woman on August 9, 2007.
Alleyne, a resident of Headley Land, Bank Ball St Michael, has denied committing an act of serious indecency against the complainant, on that same date.
This morning, Acting Inspector Eustace Ifill showed up to court with the file.
Several months ago when the case came up and the file was still not available, the magistrate had advised the complainant to take the matter up with Commissioner Griffith.
She returned to court on October 28, stating that she took the court’s advice, went to the Police Complainant Authority and subsequently received a call from someone who told her that the investigator had the file.
However, again it was not available when the case was called and the prosecutor informed the court that one of the investigators involved was on protracted sick leave.
Douglas had said it was not fair for a complainant to wait seven years for a case to start. The complainant had attended court on every occasion.