Lawyer Townsend upset that cops skirt Donaldson disappearance during Q&A

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend is miffed that police investigators grilled Constable Noel Maitland for over 90 minutes about the role he played in obstructing police rather than on the disappearance of social media influencer, Donna-lee Donaldson.

Maitland, who is the boyfriend of the missing social media influencer, is being treated as a suspect in the young woman’s disappearance.

“He was questioned for an hour and a half about obstructing police in a petty sessions matter. What are the investigators doing,” Townsend questioned.

“And on top of that, they want to question him again,” he added.

Earlier this week, a subpoena was issued for Maitland, to attend the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in relation to an assault case.

The subpoena was issued by Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque, after prosecutors disclosed that they were unable to proceed with a particular assault case at this time as the file is missing a statement from Maitland.

The court heard that Maitland is the apprehending officer in a matter involving an accused man, Gilbert Cooper, who is charged with assault at common law.

Maitland was arrested earlier this week and on Friday, Townsend failed in his attempt to get the Constable released.

The attorney had gone to the St Andrew Parish Court to file a writ of habeas corpus requesting that the policeman be charged or released.

But he said, in the middle of making the application, his team was informed that investigators had applied Thursday for Constable Maitland to be remanded.

Townsend said the policeman has been remanded for 10 days.

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