'Dr McCrane' to get back phoneThursday, April 11, 2019
BY ANTHONY LEWIS
MONTEGO BAY, St James — St James parish judge Sandra Wong Small has made an order for an iPhone belonging to England McCrane, the woman who is accused of being a 'quack doctor', to be returned.
The order was made when McCrane made an appearance in the St James Parish Court on Tuesday.
McCrane, who has been referred to as 'England McCrane' and 'Dr McCrane', was charged by Area One Fraud Squad detectives, as well as by police personnel in the Corporate Area, for offences including forgery, uttering forged documents, obtaining money by false pretence, and breaches of the Medical Act.
Both cases are running concurrently in the St James Parish Court and Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
At court in St James on Tuesday, the accused woman's attorney, Martyn Thomas, told the court that the cell phone, which was taken from his client upon her detention at the Falmouth police lock-up, has vital information in it that could be of assistance in his client's defence.
“I am asking the court to make an order for her cell phone to be returned or to be handed over to her representative, with her permission. Your honour, my instructions are that when she was in custody at the Falmouth Police Station, her cell phone was taken from her and was signed into prison property section. When she was leaving to be taken to the lock-up in Kingston, the cell phone was not returned to her as a part of her personal property. The cell phone, your Honour, we are submitting, does contain information that possibly could assist her in her defence,” Thomas argued.
Meanwhile, as it relates to his client's real name, Thomas said while he has not seen the document, it is his understanding that her name was Alicia Patrice England before a deed poll was done.
He said it is his understanding that the documents relating to this was handed over to the court in Kingston.
Her current name was not disclosed.
However, judge Wong Small argued: “It doesn''t matter what it was before the deed poll. What I want to know is her name now. I find it interesting that she was able to hand over things to Kingston that have not been handed over to this [investigating] officer. So, basically, we were told that there was a deed poll, and he [officer] was in the process of getting that independently verified by the RGD [Registrar General's Department], which I find to be very interesting.”
It was suggested by Thomas that the investigating officer in St James communicate with the detective in Kingston on the matter.
Thomas also told the court that McCrane had pleaded guilty in Kingston and is scheduled for sentencing on May 3. As a result, Thomas said, he would wish to defer her bail application pending the outcome of the sentencing matter in Kingston.
The matter was then set for May 14.
“The matter will be back before this court on the 14th of May 2019. You [McCrane] are remanded until then. Officer, you are bound over to complete these matters,” stated Wong Small, who then ordered that steps be taken for her phone to be released.