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Magistrate threatens to jail officer for failing to appear in court

A magistrate on Friday took a hardline toward a police officer who had failed to appear as a witness in three separate cases.

Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans initially threatened to jail Officer 3675 Thompson until his commanding officer Superintendent Jamuel Ferguson asked the court to be easy on him.

Ferguson said that in the two years that he had worked with Thompson, he had never received any complaints about him. He asked the magistrate to give Thomspon another chance.

Based on Ferguson’s plea, Thompson was fined $150 or 15 days in prison.

Vogt-Evans said that police officers failed to realize that their jobs didn’t end with the arrest of the alleged criminals but when they testified in court.

She said that she had been forced to dismiss cases against defendants due to the non-appearance of investigators.

Vogt-Evans said that this was a “disservice to the country”.

Thompson appeared in court on three arrest warrants.

She warned Thompson that if he missed court again she would send him to prison.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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