2 cops charged with rape
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two police officers are due to return to court on April 19 after being implicated in the alleged rape of an exotic dancer at a nightclub in the central parish of St. Catherine, last month.
Constables Sheldon Taylor and Richard Jordon were released on bail totaling J$500 000 (BDS$11 766) when they appeared in the Spanish Town Criminal Court on Tuesday.
Taylor is charged with rape, while Jordon is charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, following allegations that he approached the victim, through a third party, and offered her J$200 000 (BDS$4 706) to drop the case.
In granting bail, Taylor was told by the court that he must now reside outside St. Catherine until the case is decided. He is also to report to the nearest police station daily, and should be at home between the hours 7 p.m. to 6 a. m.
Jordon was one of the four cops ordered released last week, after the victim failed to identify them at two identification parades.
However, he found himself back in custody on Monday, based on allegations that he offered a bribe to the victim to remain silent.
The policemen were taken into custody on February 17, following a report that they gang-raped the dancer at a nightclub in the old capital of Spanish Town. (CMC)