Among the drama that unfolded some time ago was also an alleged homosexual who was reportedly among a group of 15 homosexuals and cross-dressers who tricked a motorist in New Kingston in the wee hours of the morning and robbed him of his valuables and cut him on his hand in January continued in court last week.
The accused, Barrington Mellington, 20, of Belvedere, St Andrew, appeared in court in January on charges of robbery with aggravation. The matter was heard last week again.
The court heard that the complainant was travelling in his motorcar long Trafalgar Road last December about 2:00 am when he heard an unusual sound coming from the left side of his car. The motorist reportedly parked the car in order to investigate and saw that his fender was missing, and he began a search for it.
He reportedly saw a group of men who asked him what he was looking for and when he answered they told him that they had thrown it over a nearby park.
The complainant reportedly went to the park and was held up at knifepoint by the men, who robbed him of his BlackBerry phone, $70,000 worth of jewellery and $2,500 cash.
The court also heard that the complainant received a cut on his hand during the reported robbery.
Following the robbery, the complainant reportedly saw Mellington and pointed him out to the police who arrested him.
But Mellington's attorney, Tonnelle Beecher, denied her client's involvement in the robbery and questioned how the complainant was able to distinctly identify her client out of the group, and why he was the only one who was identified.
She also sought bail for him but the request was refused.
He was subsequently remanded in custody until February 15 and was granted bail since, the matter is said to be mentioned again next month.
The call came in at 10 pm. “Hi, Amy, I’m at the police station.” I got dressed and headed to the New Kingston police post. “It’s prickly there,” the taxi driver told me as I paid him the fare well ahead of my drop-off point. At the entrance, the police outside nodded for me to go in. Walking in, I made eye contact with Jermaine and asked what had happened. But before he could respond, I was ushered into a separate room with an elderly woman. The commander introduced himself and the inquiry began. How did I know Jermaine? What do I know about the laptop in question? I answered how I knew Jermaine and described the laptop that I had given him. What was on the laptop? Nothing, because I had wiped it clean of files before giving it away. Reply: It’s common to wipe stolen computers.
As another officer ranted about the gully kids making trouble, I noticed what seems to be a tug of war between police, who have attempted to drive out the youth from the sewers, and the homeless youth who refuse to leave the sewers, or gullies, where they have been residing for years.
As the policemen inspected the laptop in the backroom, the elderly woman introduced herself as Yvonne who works with Jermaine in outreach to the homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston. That night, it was explained, Jermaine was arrested, after a house break-in report described street youth with yellow T-shirts. Jermaine was wearing a yellow shirt and his volunteer badge.
After matching my description of the laptop with their own inspection, the police returned the laptop. I thanked the commander and explained that the young man suspected of theft was making an effort to help youth get off the street. The commander whisked off to another incident needing attention and the night ended with the laptop back in the possession of its owner.
I didn’t understand why the police didn’t question Jermaine directly on the contents to verify ownership of the laptop, but the experience had upset him. Overall, it was quite a night with my first encounter with the Jamaican police.
Men call each other homosexual ............ one pays from January 2013 and Labourer suffer near two years in prison on false accusation of buggery which takes a look at the other side of this issue and false imprisonment for such a serious crime that could have landed him dead but thankfully he was spared the initial violent reaction from other inmates.
Peace and tolerance