District constable, businessman charged over fake bomb threats

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A district constable and a Trelawny businessman have been charged with creating public mischief over their alleged involvement in several bomb threats in downtown, Kingston and the Trelawny Parish Court last year.

The police said investigations led to the arrest of two men.

Investigators from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), said evidence suggests that the two men— 53-year-old Cardel Clarke of Top Town in Clarke's Town, Trelawny and 34-year-old District Constable Jason Williams of Kelly Road, Kingston 2— called the courthouses and reported that bombs had been planted within their precincts.

The police believe that the threats, which occurred on three occasions in August, September and December 2018, were concocted by the two as a ploy to detract from ongoing court cases in which they are involved.

Cardel will appear in the Trelawny Parish Court on Wednesday, February 6 and Williams will appear in the St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday, February 21.

Head of C-TOC Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey said all threats to the criminal justice system are treated as serious, adding that investigations into two other cases are continuing.

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