Bovell walks free of kidnapping and robbery charges

A steel bender who had been on remand at HMP Dodds since January 30 on robbery and kidnapping charges, was given his freedom today.

Jerome Oneal Bovell, of 2nd Avenue, Spring Garden, St Michael, had been accused of the indictable offence of unlawfully removing Antonio Agard from Nurse Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael without his consent on January 22. The 43-year-old was also charged with robbing the same man of a $425 chain and pendant on the same day.

Bovell was not required to plead to the charges when he made his first appearance in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, and he was remanded to jail after Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ruled in favour of the arguments laid out by the Crown’s representative Station Sergeant Janice Ifill for why he should not be granted bail.

However, in court today, the complainant said he was no longer interested in pursuing the matter. In response to questions from the prosecutor, he told the court that he had not been threatened and had made the decision of his own free will.

As such, the magistrate dismissed the charges against Bovell.

However, $200 in costs had to be paid before he was released from his manacles and shackles.

5 Responses to Bovell walks free of kidnapping and robbery charges

  1. RB March 28, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Has anyone noticed that this is becoming more common? Complainant no longer pursuing the case! Is it fear or inefficient investigation?

  2. Willz RD
    Willz RD March 28, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Hmmmmmm….this smells funny.

  3. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome March 28, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Funny? One would have to know the full story, which I don’t.
    But the man went for the man at his house for some reason…
    On another view, with our system, a case is heard some 5 years later, all involved being asked to appear every 28 days for nothing can get frustrating. So there are many reasons this could be happening.

  4. ejd March 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Anyone who deciddes to discontinue a case should be made to pay all costs including the food bill for the person who was in prison.

  5. Kermit March 28, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Still havent heard the case of the BRA president that brought all those unregistered guns and thousands of bullets into BIM, from the BRA called into court for trial going 5 years now…but yet more shootings taking place….hmmm


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