Capleton's lawyer is crying foul


Capleton's lawyer is crying foul

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Christopher Townsend, who is representing popular reggae artiste and reigning king of 'fyah' Capleton, is alleging that the rape charge laid against his client is a matter of extortion.

When the Jamaica Observer contacted Townsend yesterday, he said that the allegation was reported to the police, but investigators had no interest in hearing that defence.

“We made a report to the police and we have been in contact with the police that we are being extorted and I gather that what occured is that the young lady went and made a report also. We have heard several voice notes, there are several WhatsApp messages supporting our allegations of him being extorted. CISOCA (Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse) didn't seem to be interested in that at all though we have hard evidence contradicting what was complained of,” Townsend said.

Yesterday detectives attached to CISOCA arrested and charged Capleton, 51, with rape.

The artiste, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, allegedly raped a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, on Saturday, April 28, around 11:20 am, Bailey hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in the New Kingston area.

The report further states that, while at the hotel, he forcibly had sexual intercouse with the woman.

The JCF communications unit added that the matter was reported to the police and an investigation launched, resulting in Capelton being charged after a question and answer interview was conducted in the presence of Townsend.

But Townsend has chided CISOCA for what he describes as an irresponsible way of conducting an investigation.

“Their inveatigation, we are saying, is not a fulsome investigation. All they did was take statements. Nobody investigated anything and we are now the victims of what seems to be an ill-conceived way of investigation and a backward way of approaching investigation by the police, in particular CISOCA,” Townsend said.

In the meantime, the attorney said he is awaiting his client's first day in court, which he was promised would be tomorrow, to get the opportunity to apply for bail.

— Kimberley Hibbert

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