UPDATE: Judge orders that Tommy Lee be released if not charged by Tuesday
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
The St James police have until Tuesday, May 29 to charge dancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta or release him from custody.
Parish judge Sandria Wong Small made the order after the entertainer’s attorneys, Tom Tavares-Finson and Donahue Martin, made a habeas corpus application on his behalf in the St James Parish Court today.
A habeas corpus application is a writ which requires that a detainee be brought before a judge, especially to secure his release, unless lawful grounds are shown for continued detention.
Tommy Lee Sparta, whose real name is Leroy Russell was transferred from Kingston to the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay on Monday morning, hours after he was taken into custody in the corporate area.
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The police say Tommy Lee is being held under the state of public emergency in St James.
In the meantime, Martin has complained about a photo of the entertainer dressed in an underwear while in custody being circulated via social media.
“I was made aware of that picture and I find it very unprofessional, and we do intend to write to the relevant authorities, in particular the commissioner of police, to ascertain why it is that this is being done while somebody is a guest of the state,” said Martin.
“I believe it had to have been taken by a member of the police, and I find it extremely unprofessional. We expect the commissioner to respond and to deal with whatever disciplinary action ought to be taken,” Martin added.
The police have described Tommy Lee as a dangerous gangster who is behind many criminal activities in St James.