JCF ends George Wright investigationFriday, April 16, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says its investigation into a physical altercation between Member of Parliament George Wright and businesswoman Tannisha Singh has ended due to a lack of cooperation from both parties as well as potential witnesses in the area where the incident allegedly occurred.
The police also noted that the quality of video of the incident, which has now gone viral, is too low to be of much help to an investigation.
“On the afternoon of April 6, 2021 both Ms Singh and Mr Wright made independent reports of a physical altercation that day. Ms Singh made a report to the Anchovy Police, while later that evening Mr Wright made a report to the Ramble Police. Given the physical state of Ms Singh, the police escorted her to a medical facility to ensure that she received treatment. She was asked to return to the station after treatment in order to give a formal statement. To date, attempts at securing said statement have proven futile.
“Mr Wright was also asked to seek medical attention and return to give a statement, at which time he stated that he was unwilling to do so,'' the police said in a statement.
It added: ''On Sunday, April 11, 2021 a video began circulating of a physical altercation between a man and a woman. Based on the local knowledge of the police, the location was preliminarily identified and an officer was assigned that day to identify the source of the footage.
''On April 12, a preservation order for the footage was served on the holder of the footage and the Communication Forensic and Cybercrime Division subsequently extracted the footage,'' it continued.
''On the afternoon of April 12, [attorney] Abel Don Foote made contact with the police on behalf of Mr Wright, stating his willingness to attend an interview. Mr Wright was interviewed in the presence of his attorney on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Ms Singh was interviewed in the presence of her attorneys on Thursday, April 15, 2021. In both interviews, the parties made it abundantly clear that they had no intention of pursuing the matter further and would not cooperate with the police investigations into the matter.
''The poor quality of the footage and the unwillingness of persons at the location to cooperate with our investigations made it impossible to conclusively identify the persons captured in the video. However, even if the footage was of the highest quality, the police would not have been able to mount a case that met the basic evidentiary standard without the cooperation of the parties involved,'' the police said.
The JCF said it remains committed to seriously pursuing cases of domestic abuse regardless of the individual or individuals who are alleged to have committed the act.
''However, in order to pursue such matters, the police require statements which are of probative value,'' the police said.
''Despite our best efforts, statements were not forthcoming in connection with this probe and, as such, the investigation has come to a natural end. However, if either or both parties wish to revisit the matter at a later date, the police are willing to resume investigations accordingly,'' the statement added.
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