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Surviving BTC robbery suspect alleges police brutality

The second suspect in last Friday’s armed hold-up of the Shirley Street BTC office appeared before a magistrate yesterday.

Police arrested Godfrey Hepburn, 27, of Clarkes Alley, St James Road, and Owen Rolle, 35, of Monastery Park, shortly after two men robbed the office of$787.87.

However, Rolle died at the Central Detective Unit of an apparent heart attack hours after his arrest. Police said that Rolle collapsed after complaining of chest pains.

Hepburn did not have to enter a plea to the armed robbery charge during his arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell.

Inspector Ercell Dorsett, the prosecutor, said he hoped to forego a preliminary inquiry and fast track the case to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.

Hepburn returns to court on December 13 for a status hearing. He has been remanded to prison.

His lawyer, Bernard Ferguson, told the court that police brutalized Hepburn while in custody. Magistrate Bethell made a note of the complaint.

Tarvorin Johnson appeared in the same court yesterday on gun and ammunition possession charges. Police allege that Johnson, who also uses the surname Brown, had an unlicensed 9mm Luger pistol and seven bullets on October 29.

Johnson is also accused of threatening to kill Stacey Rolle and assaulting her with a knife on November 24.

Johnson, who was represented by Jomo Campbell, entered not guilty pleas to the charges. He returns to court on Wednesday for a bail hearing.

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