Judge orders Top Cop to release man posing with guns in social media video
…72-hour detention period expired
High Court Judge Simone Morris-Ramlall on Sunday ordered Commissioner of Police Leslie James to release Jermaine Kingston from custody days after he was arrested for displaying a cache of firearms.
The Top Cop was served with the court order last Sunday following a Zoom hearing in which the defence lawyers argued that the 72-hour detention period had expired.
The Judge ordered that Kingston be released from custody immediately, and that $150,000 be awarded to the applicant. Failure to comply with the terms, one will be held in contempt of court and may be liable to imprisonment or have assets confiscated.
However, following the ruling, a habeas corpus was filed on Kingston’s behalf by John Marcus through Attorney-at-Law Everton Singh Lammy.
Last week, 26-year-old Kingston was arrested, and a number of firearms belonging to a private security firm were seized following the circulation of a video on social media.
In the video, he was heard making threatening remarks.