Policewoman locked up for 18 months on forgery charge granted bailMonday, June 14, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The policewoman, who has been locked up for over a year awaiting trial on a forgery charge, openly wept in court today when she was offered bail.
Detective Seargent Duliet McKay, 56, was today granted bail by High Court Judge, Justice L Pusey after her attorney Peter Champagnie, QC, made an impassioned plea for her to be released.
Her case had recently come to public attention as questions of why she was refused bail on so many occasions before were raised.
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McKay, who has been behind bars for one year and eight months, was slated to stand trial for forging a judge's signature on a divorce document and passing it on as genuine document to the complainant who had wanted a divorce.
According to Champagnie, the complainant has said McKay had represented herself as a paralegal officer who could process the divorce.
The trial, which was to commence today, could not begin owing to the suspension of all jury trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McKay, on her last appearance in court, had insisted on having her matter tried by jury as opposed to a judge alone trial.
In requesting bail, Champagnie indicated that it would have been a grave injustice to have his client in custody in circumstances where a likely trial date would be a year from now or more having regard to all the attendant circumstances.
Moreover, the attorney argued that his client had consistently denied the allegations and other evidence had come forward to suggest that his client was not the one responsible for any forgery.
McKay was offered bail in the amount of $500,000 on condition that she reports one day per week at the Office of the Commissioner of Police.
A travel ban was also ordered against her.
Her case next comes up for trial on February 12, 2024. In the interim, the case is to be revisited next Monday, June 21 for the prosecution to have certain other court orders made in respect of the management of its case.
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