Two cops accused of Hellshire robbery remanded; to appear in Gun Court

Two cops accused of Hellshire robbery remanded; to appear in Gun Court

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 07, 2019

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TWO policemen who were charged in connection with last month robbery in Hellshire, St Catherine are to appear in the Gun Court Division of the Home Circuit Court on March 22.

The accused, Raulston Parchment and Renique Pearson, were charged with illegal possession of firearm, assault at common law and robbery with aggravation last week Friday after they were pointed out in an identification parade.

When the matter was called up in the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday it was transferred to the Home Circuit Court for it to be mentioned.

Pearson’s attorney Kimani Brydson told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday that the parish judge does not have jurisdiction to try the case given the fact that the offence was allegedly committed with a firearm.

The two accused were subsequently remanded in custody.

The victims reported on February 21, that they were robbed on the 17th and on 20th of February of $17 million worth of jewellery, US$5,500 in cash, and other items.

The two senior citizens who returned to Jamaica three years ago after living in the United States for more than 40 years, were visiting relatives in Florida, United States when a neighbour who went to water their plants noticed things amiss and informed them of the break-in at their house. The neighbour also reported the matter to the police.

The couple, who requested anonymity, had planned to travel from Florida to New York, but cancelled that trip and returned to Jamaica the day after they were informed abut the break-in.

They again reported the matter at the Hellshire Police Station on February 20 but things only got worse.

The elderly woman told the Observer last month that when she was summoned to her door by men dressed in police uniform on the night of February 20 she thought they had come to take additional statements.

However, the couple was robbed instead.

According to the woman, $17 million worth of jewellery, receipts for some of the jewellery, US$5,500, bank statements, among other things were stolen between Sunday and last week Wednesday night.

She said that the jewellery stolen the Sunday night was valued at $7 million.

“They emptied a drawer; everything — watches, rings, jewellery sets — gone; then they came back for the other bag that I had secured,” she said last month.

A source told the Observer on Monday that one of the policemen, who is alleged to have participated in the robbery, submitted his resignation letter last week Saturday and has since left the island.

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