Dancehall artiste Elephant Man is being frustrated by the delays in his immigration case as his defence team is yet to gain possession of video footage from the Sangster International Airport in St James.
“The police officer said up until now, he’s unable to obtain the footage from the Sangster International Airport. We are waiting on the Crown to discharge their duties to disclose. We can’t go to the command centre and get the footage, but it appears that not even the judge can get the Crown to act,” Christopher Townsend of the Corporate Area-based TWP Attorneys-at-law, told Loop News.
Elephant Man is charged with breaching Section 8 (5) of the Immigration Act, which mandates people arriving in Jamaica to make a truthful declaration to immigration personnel. The fine, according to precedent, is $100.
According to the police report, Elephant Man (given name Oneal Bryan) and his team reportedly toured Europe but did not declare the countries visited on arrival at the airport, which is an immigration requirement.
At the time, the Jamaican government had put in place safety measures at ports of entry should persons who travelled outside the country contract COVID-19.
The artiste will return to court February 2, 2021 for his case to be called up in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. The interminable wait begs the question: what is on the video why it has not been released? Is it an issue of national security why the video has not been released? Were the cameras working at the time?
“In the meantime, we are still waiting. They are promising to give us the footage on February 2, 2021,” Townsend said.