Deacon Stays Put

Jamaica Gleaner
July 26, 2006

Donovan Jones, the former Dayton Avenue church deacon and his co-accused, 18 year-old James Rodgers, were yesterday remanded in custody by Resident Magistrate Deseree Alleyne when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Both men face court again today.

One of the arresting officers, under cross-examination from defence attorney Paul Beswick, said he had seen Jones in the Church Dayton on July 5 but by the time he got inside, the deacon was gone. Jones was arrested at his home, off Waltham Park Road. The defence, though, is contending that Jones was not at the church when the police arrived.

Mr. Hansurd Lawson, Clerk of Court, said that the Crown stands by the police's statement.


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