A former police prosecutor has taken issue with the manner in which officers conduct investigations and charge individuals for alleged crimes.
Attorney-at-law Neville Reid, a former station sergeant now attached to the law firm of Andrew Pilgrim and Associates. argued that police charged his 23-year-old client, Rashaad Brian Bostic of Cliff Meadows, St John with “no evidence”.
Bostic, a farm assistant, is accused of using an unlicenced firearm on July 16, 2017 and recklessly discharging it in a public place, placing Jermaine Nurse in danger of death or serious bodily harm.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges when he appeared in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court today before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
However, Reid argued that his client “had no right being here”.
“There is no complainant, no one came to identify him . . . on an identification parade . . . and no firearm was recovered . . . . This is wrong. The police must stop treating poor people like this. It has to stop,” Reid said despite his client’s automatic 28-day remand at Dodds.
The attorney further charged that only recently police explained when asked about another well publicized case, that they could not investigate a case when there was no complainant – a clear reference to Commission of Police Tyrone Griffith’s explanation for not probing bribery allegations involving former Cabinet Minister Donville Inniss – yet they hauled his client before the court when there was no complainant “because he comes from the wrong section of society”.
Bostic was given a September 21 date to return to court following that submission and some cross talk between the defence attorney, the prosecutor and the magistrate.