KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) Sergeant Theophilus Tracy, who has been charged with failing to surrender his firearm to police following the discovery of a dead woman in his vehicle , must be the subject of an identification procession.
This came to light at Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning when Tracy’s solicitor, Peter Champagnie, revealed the defendant was not in court due to said line-up.
Although the reason for the identification parade was not disclosed, Champagnie said, “the parade should be held this week, I hope… I haven’t gotten a definitive answer as to when.” .
“I assume this is the result of some discussions between the Crown and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP),” Champagnie confirmed.
While discussing a later date for the case to be mentioned in court, the lawyer renewed his calls for his client to be released on bail.
“The problem I have is that the defendant has been in custody since February 26,” he told the court.
Acknowledging the length of time, Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague said, “It’s been a while.”
Champagnie continued, “Your Honor, you may recall the last time we were told we were awaiting a decision from the DPP. [Director of Public Prosecutions]. We are now at a stage where today a bail application was going to be made. We didn’t apply for bail in this case and I understand a line-up wouldn’t take more than a day or four hours. So, I ask, madam, if Your Honor could accommodate next week, if only to set a bond for enforcement. »
He also noted that the case has not moved since it first appeared in court, due to “administrative issues regarding the DPP and so on.”
Tracy, who was charged by police with failing to hand over his firearm for inspection after an alleged prostitute was found dead in his vehicle on Saturday February 26, was remanded in custody again in April to allow to police to complete the assessment of a firearm that has been turned over to investigators.
His next court appearance is scheduled for May 16.
St Andrew’s Central Police had reported that at around 4.20am Cross Roads Police responded to a motor vehicle collision mission, and when the team arrived a gray Honda Fit motor car was view with a woman’s body protruding from the front passenger seat.
The body is said to have several gunshot wounds.
Police said the deceased, who remains unidentified, appeared to be in her late 30s, about five feet tall, and had skin tone that showed signs of bleaching.
He was dressed in a black blouse, purple sweatpants and a pair of black and red Nike sneakers.
Subsequent investigations revealed that the car belonged to Sergeant JDF, who is also a firearms license holder. He was located and taken into custody.
– Candice Haughton