Capleton returns to court March 27

Capleton returns to court March 27

BY TANESHA MUNDLE
Observer staff reporter
mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 01, 2019

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A committal hearing for the rape charge agains t popular reggae artiste Capleton was Monday rescheduled for March 27 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The new hearing date was set when the 51-year-old entertainer, registered as Clifton Bailey, returned to court.

Attorney Christopher Townsend, who is representing the entertainer, told the Jamaica Observer that the hearing was unable to start because the Crown had not served the defence with the case bundle, which is necessary for the hearing.

“We also wanted to make an application for the complainant to be called at this level to give viva voce evidence but because the bundle was not served we could not make that application. We also asked that the statement in the other case, that is Capleton’s case against her in the extortion, be made available to us so that it will aid in our application to examine her at this level,” he said.

The artiste was arrested and charged on May 11 last year following allegations that he had forced himself on the complainant.

According to a police report, on April 28 of last year around 11:20 am, Bailey hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in New Kingston.

The report further alleged that while at the hotel, he forcibly had sexual intercourse with the woman.

But the entertainer, through his lawyer, has since denied the allegations while claiming that the complainant had tried to extort him and that he had reported the matter.

Townsend said the complainant has not yet been charged with extortion and that police are unable to locate her to lay the charge.

“She has been absenting herself and we have been informed that not even CISOCA (Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse) know where to find her,” he added. “ She ought to be person of interest because she is absenting herself from that investigation and over six months they can’t find her to charge or to question her.”

In the meantime, the attorney said that he was also informed by the police that they are unable to lift voice notes and Whatsapp messages from his client’s phone that were allegedly sent to him by the complainant.

“We find this to be quite alarming because they have been able to do this in relation to every other phone that they have confiscated, so we wonder whether or not our case is being treated fairly. There is nothing special about Capleton’s phone why the information cannot be lifted,” Townsend said.

However, he said the judge, has since made an order for the sergeant who is in charge at the constabulary’s Communications, Forensics Cybercrimes Unit to attend court and explain why the data cannot be lifted.

Capleton, who is is known for hits such as Jah Jah City, Slew Dem and In Har Heart, had his bail extended.

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