Elephant Man faces cops today

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Christopher Townsend, attorney-at-law representing Elephant Man, said his client will be at an undisclosed location today for “talks” with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

“The police have indicated that they want to talk him. It's not a question-and-answer session. He's not a suspect and he is not charged,” Townsend told the J amaica O bserveryesterday.

He declined to reveal the location, but revealed the session is slated to begin at 2:00 pm.

“The police are just doing their due diligence and there is nothing wrong with that,” Townsend said.

He added that the artiste is in good spirits.

Elephant Man is featured in a video which surfaced earlier this week. It shows a female in a swimsuit swinging and pointing what appears to be a firearm before passing it to the deejay.

In a previous interview with the Observer, Assistant Superintendent Dahlia Garrick — head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit — said the video was under investigation.

“We are aware of the matter and it is being investigated,” said Garrick. “There are certain steps to be taken before we can confirm or enter anything into evidence. It is a video and we have to confirm a number of things to see if the evidence is sufficient to go before the court,” she said.

Toni-Ann Kelly, corporate communications officer at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), confirmed that Elephant Man does not hold a firearm licence. And in such a case, the matter is turned over to the police.

She said if the artiste were a licensed firearm holder, he would have violated several ethics involving responsibility that comes with owning a firearm.

“There is a process that persons have to go through in safety and handling of a firearm,” she said.

The FLA grants, renews, and revokes firearm licences in Jamaica.

Elephant Man (given name Oneal Bryan) is known for songs including Pon Di River, Signal The Plane, Willie Bounce, and Nuh Linga.

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