Police shooting me charge fah, accused tells cop

September 15, 2022

A 22-year-old Corporate Area resident on Wednesday denied stealing a cell phone from a call centre worker when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The accused, Anthony Davis, is charged with receiving stolen property in relation to an incident on August 12, along the Belvedere main road in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Allegations are that the complainant was walking along the roadway, when a man approached her and asked her if she was going to Blue Mountains. She ignored him and continued walking; however, she heard footsteps behind her.

Upon turning around, she saw the man holding a brown-handle knife and he shouted, "Yow, gimme yuh phone."

The complainant indicated that she was in shock and out of fear, handed over her Samsung Galaxy A01 cell phone, valued at $10,000. It was further alleged that the robber searched her handbag and took $200 from it and ran off in the direction of Red Hills Primary.

A report was made to the police and on August 18, Davis was apprehended during a targeted raid in the Belvedere community and was found to be in possession of the complainant's cell phone.

When asked how he came to be in possession of the complainant's phone, Davis alleged that he received it from a friend some days earlier.

He was taken into custody and subsequently charged, after the complainant positively identified her phone as the one Davis had in his possession.

When he was cautioned, Davis reported said, "A dat yuh fi charge me fah long time idiot police boy. A police shooting me charge fah, me nuh rob phone."

The prosecutor told Parish Judge Jacqueline Wilcott that he was concerned that Davis was on bail, taking note of the utterance made while on caution. His bail was extended.

"It is interesting what the officer wrote on the statement when he was cautioned, yet he was given bail," the prosecutor told the court.

However, the judge adjourned the matter until September 19, to facilitate the attendance of the complainant and the investigating officer.

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