Why no charges in the Braemar Ave saga?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I do not know what transpired in its entirety at Braemar Avenue during the now infamous 'Mr Vegas videos', but like most I have been intrigued at the allegations and counter allegations which have been bandied about subsequently.

Through it all, the security company involved, KingAlarm, has been the one in the press seeking to admirably minimise damage to its brand and to be seen as the ultimate professional in the aftermath of this incident. I hear at least one person has been fired by that company and its investigation into the conduct of its staff is complete.

But there are some other pressing issues which come to mind. I am particularly curious as to why no one has been charged in the incident.

As someone working in the legal profession I have seen individuals charged by the police for far, far less and far more quickly to include the very day in question.

In such a scenario, where the allegations are supposedly supported by eyewitness accounts, and at least partially corroborated by the closed-circuit television footage of the complex outside the guardhouse, cynics can think of only one reason charges have not yet been laid.

We would have hoped that we, in Jamaica, have passed the stage where people from “uptown” and “downtown” are viewed differently in the eyes of the law.

I hope that the police and the Firearm Licensing Authority take a page from KingAlarm's book and conduct a fast and transparent investigation, along with providing us in the public with timely updates along the way. All Jamaica is watching.

As an aside, under what circumstances are licensed firearm holders permitted to discharge their weapons? Inquiring minds would like to know if all this was justified.

S G

St Andrew

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