Then when the charges of gross indecency and buggery after the doctor’s examination were laid one of my co-accused was approached by individual cops to pay over a sum in exchange for making the charges disappear despite that the matter was scheduled for a preliminary hearing days after and the tabloids had our story splashed across their front pages. The success rate of such attempts is high I have since learned as persons choose to take the risk to avoid embarrassment and a charge sticking on their police records which can have an impact on job seeking or applying for tertiary education as well surprisingly at certain campuses.
I am only guessing what the two men involved in this current matter maybe thinking or feeling, thankfully they had the assistance of the corruption prevention agency to intervene and arrest the cops, in my case we had no such avenues for redress openly as such a case would have become material for humiliation and jokes by officers.
The stronger charge of buggery apparently was not done as it seems a doctor’s examination was not done or as part of the deal the cops may have delayed that process to prove there was anal sex by one or both parties, usually the penetrator and not the ‘penetratee’ is charged with the stronger charge while the latter is left with a gross indecency one where a fine is usually the outcome once found guilty. The doctor’s report has to find certain things present such as the sphincter muscle being loose due to forced entry of some kind and spermatozoa cells possibly present in or around the anal orifice which can be problematic as some kinds of anal play via finger can also cause the transfer of such materials, a non-penile entry session where the hands of one partner can transfer unknowingly spermatozoa to another by simply touching the urethra (head of the penis) then to the anus or anal opening as such biological materials are invisible to the naked eye.
My case also benefitted from our stick-to-itiveness as we attended all hearing dates, made sure we were dressed appropriately, answered questions when asked by the judge(s) even in the face of humiliation and jokes made by some of them sadly but I understand the lack of interest after a time as our creaking court systems would make disillusionment set in easily when we are used to seeing court proceedings in other jurisdictions namely the US via cable moving much faster and judges with alacrity. Other blackmail allegations by police seem to have fizzled or died away or get drowned out by other more pressing matters that appear on the horizon hence the follow up or updates is shoddy.
A word to the wise is sufficient as I had done when this case first broke, on my Facebook profile and in my main group GLBTQ Jamaica Chat I advised that while we cannot tell persons where to have their fun as outdoor sex is required sometimes for purposes of convenience and financial inability to rent a good hotel room persons need to be mindful where they go for not only police interference but possibility of robbery and murders. Only on Monday April 20th a reported matter in St Catherine also a gunman attempted to relieve a man of his laptop after he was seeking to connect to a free WIFI service, his friend was also present and they allegedly kissed prior to the miscreant’s arrival where he also used the blackmail strategy so as to gain material value illegally. The men managed to fight him off as it was soon discovered that the gun was not loaded based on the mannerisms of the attacker and his emphasis on bravado and loquaciousness than the apparent pain of murder. He rode off uttering threats that he will kill them next time, the matter was brought to the attention of the regular patrol corps that passes through the community.
Think on these things.
Be safe out there brothers (and sisters as butch identified women also face some similar challenges)
Peace and tolerance