Police foul up

Drug accused walks free on account of officers’ mix up

A St Michael man was Friday allowed to walk free of a four-year-old drug charge after the two arresting officers gave different dates for when the offence allegedly occurred.

James Jeffery Hunte of School Lane was arrested and charged on September 4, 2013 with possession of 2.36 grammes of cannabis after he was reportedly caught by members of a mobile patrol attempting to stash a plastic bag containing 15 greaseproof wrappings with the illegal drug next to a galvanized paling.

However, when asked to account for the cannabis, Hunte, who was 19 years old at the time, allegedly said, “dem ain’t mine”.

At his subsequent trial, one of the arresting officers, when questioned about the date of the offence, told the magistrate it was committed on September 3, 2013.

However, when the trial continued Friday before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, the officer’s partner, in giving his account of the arrest, said the offence was committed on September 4, 2013.

“You made a wise choice in terms of not giving evidence,” Frederick later told Hunte, while pointing out that the officers had given conflicting dates in their evidence.

“One said September 3 they were on mobile patrol while the other said September 4. That means the prosecution’s evidence is at war with itself. The date is essential,” the magistrate stressed.

On that basis, Hunte was found not guilty of the offence.    

One Response to Police foul up

  1. Mobile patrol September 18, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Very interesting post. Thank you for providing good insight into mobile patrolling.


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