KINGSTON – The Court of Appeal has freed police superintendent Harry ‘Bungles’ Daley of corruption.
Bungles was convicted and sentenced in 2009.
Daley, who had been out on bail, was convicted of extortion under the Corruption Prevention Act and sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.
His lawyers had argued that Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey erred at the trial by allowing prejudicial and inadmissible evidence.
The lawyers also argued that there were many discrepancies and inconsistencies in the Crown’s case.
Daley was held during a sting operation on Arnold Road, Kingston, on July 31, 2008, while collecting $15,000 in marked notes from businessman Tafari Clarke.
The Crown had led evidence that the former senior superintendent used his authority to bully Clarke into paying him $20,000 monthly, as protection money for a plaza in Ewarton St Catherine.
However, Daley claimed that the funds he collected were for a loan owed to him by Clarke’s father. (Jamaica Gleaner)