Via The Jamaica Observer – The police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.
In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.
The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force’s international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.
The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such “frivolous and mischievous” statements that could lead to “unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters”.
According to Jamaica Observer– Harry McLeod, the reputed ‘ex-lieutenant’ of former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, was yesterday acquitted of several criminal charges as the prosecution was unable to mount a case against him.
The 46 year-old, otherwise called Harry Dog, was acquitted of charges of larceny, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and forgery when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.McLeod, who was represented by Peter Champagnie and Kemar Robinson, was acquitted after the prosecution said it was unable to make out a case against him, prompting the court to order the return of his vehicle.
Charges against McLeod came after the vehicle was allegedly found in Tivoli Gardens with 4,000 rounds of ammunition in it during the May 2010 operation to apprehend Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drugs and gunrunning charges. The vehicle, with McLeod’s documents, was allegedly found in front of Coke’s Presidential Click office.
This acquittal comes two years after McLeod was freed of ammunition charges after 42 rounds of ammunition were allegedly found in his Oxford Road, New Kingston apartment when he was held in 2011.
He was arrested after the police listed him as a “major person of interest” in relation to crimes committed in the Kingston Western Police Division.