Attorney-at-law Oswest Senior Smith says the female district constable in relation to the disappearance of Donna-Lee Donaldson is innocent of the circulating allegations, while he speaks out on behalf of his client’s right to remain on frontline police duty.
Mr Smith explained to Nation Wide Radio that since his client has done nothing to warrant her removal and since his client has no criminal record, she should remain on active duty despite the ongoing high-level investigation.
When speaking about his client allegedly refusing to give a statement in the investigation of the 24-year-old’s disappearance, Mr Smith denied the allegations that were made by the police high command.
However, due to allegedly refusing to give a statement, his client was served a notice to appear before the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to answer questions regarding the probe.
Mr Smith has expressed that his client is innocent, and she is confused as to why she is being intensively scrutinized in relation to Donaldson’s disappearance.
“Well on my instructions, my client was always prepared to give a statement, only that she asked that she should have her lawyer in the session or in the time that she is giving the statement,” he told Nation Wide Radio, indicating that the police were against his client having a lawyer present.
When asked if his client will be prepared to answer the questions presented by INDECOM next month, Mr Smith was unable to say. He was also unable to say if his client had disclosed with him the last time she had seen or heard of Donaldson.
The summon INDECOM served the district constable requires her to be present on August 3.
While he shared that both women had a friendly relationship, he declined to disclose if the women were involved in a love triangle with Constable Noel Maitland, who is the father of his client’s child, as well as Donaldson’s boyfriend.
According to Mr Smith, the allegations circulating on social media are not only false, but they fueling death threats that have extended to even his client’s relatives overseas.
Since Donaldson, who was last seen at her boyfriend’s property, disappeared nine days ago, Mr Smith said the district constable has been receiving death threats. The threats, according to his client’s belief, were evoked from public utterances of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).