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Man held in Clarendon SOE claims innocence in court

A man who was picked up in Clarendon during state of emergency operations last week, on Thursday claimed he was innocent when he appeared before the St. Elizabeth Parish Court.
 
Ricardo Powell, of a Clarendon address, was arrested on November 15.
 
He was later told there was a warrant issued in St. Elizabeth for his arrest for child maintenance.
 
In Court on Thursday, the clerk stated that the matter could be a case of mistaken identity as Mr. Powell said he was living in the US before returning to Jamaica just over two years ago and has been living with his grandmother in Clarendon since then.
 
Mr. Powell told the court he was visiting St. Elizabeth for the first time.
 
The court was told that the child maintenance case file cannot be found.
 
Following arguments by attorneys assisting Mr. Powell, he was offered bail in his own surety in the sum of $60,000.
 
The court gave instructions for the file to be located and the mother in the child maintenance matter to be present in court on December 16 when Mr. Powell is scheduled to return.


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