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Bounty Killer freed of traffic charges

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer today won his second court battle within a week.

He was freed today of traffic offences which allegedly took place in 2008.

Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price, was freed of charges of dangerous driving and obstructing traffic.

On Monday, Bounty Killer and former policeman Calis Bowen were freed of several charges in the Gun Court.

After the Crown closed its case in the Traffic Court today, attorney-at-law Linda Wright submitted that Bounty Killer should be freed because there were too many contradictions and discrepancies in the evidence given by the three policemen.

Resident Magistrate Prima Griffiths upheld the submissions and freed him.

Wright told The Gleaner that if Bounty Killer had been found guilty of dangerous driving, his driver's licence would have been suspended.

Evidence was given that about 3.50 a.m. on December 29, 2008, a police team was on mobile patrol along Eastwood Park Road in St Andrew, when they observed a Range Rover being driven in a reckless manner as it was going in and out of the lanes of traffic and the traffic lights were being disobeyed.

The driver was signalled to stop but disobeyed. The police later caught up with the Range Rover at another stop light and blocked its path.

Bounty Killer, who was the driver of the Range Rover was issued with seven traffic tickets for disobeying traffic lights.

Two summonses were subsequently served on him for dangerous driving and obstructing traffic.

When the matter came before the Traffic Court the charges of disobeying traffic lights were withdrawn as the decision was taken that the dangerous driving charge covered those offences.

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