According to the Jamaica Observer on February 23rd 2011
A Jamaica Labour Party politician has been charged with buggery.
Police report that the politician and another man held down a man at his St Andrew residence and sodomized him. The injured man reportedly made a report to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and was examined by a medical doctor.
The doctor reportedly found that the male victim had signs of sexual trauma and filed a report with the police.
The politician was questioned by CISOCA detectives and is still in custody along with the other accused man.
Read more: HERE
Of course by now we know it is, none other than Mr. Garnet Reid caretaker for South West St. Andrew for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, a post on my sister blog Gay Jamaica Watch had hinted to it with was forthcoming from sources close to the happenings. Pity the Observer was afraid to publish his name. Oh well such is politics in Jamaica. In a post from the series The Line in The Sand for the JLP installment 6 the story was briefly looked at, here is an excerpt:
With a disgruntled lgbtq community when it comes to the JLP they most certainly won’t get a lot of pink votes. Several social network sites dedicated to removing the JLP and heavily criticizing the Prime Minister’s tenure over the years are up and running full steam.
We all remember how Ernie Smith behaved on gays in Parliament calling gays all kinds of names and the whole nine yards.
Jamaica, never a dull day here.
The problem with cases or allegations such as these is that when they get out to the public domain the feelings of persons not supporting same sex relations and activities we are viewed as predators or paedophiles even though this case does not involve a child or teen. Already on other forums, blogs and network pages are firing off with negative comments reflecting the aformentioned perceptions coupled with the anger and disappointment of the Buju Banton cocaine trail in Florida delivered on February 22nd 2010.
UPDATE March 4, 2011
The Observer since has removed that headline of the gentleman being charged for buggery to a new entry on the matter where Mr. Reid is said to be not yet charged for is still under police arrest for the past two weeks. The story now reads:
Attorney to file habeus corpus application for JLP councillor
DESPITE spending two weeks in jail, Jamaica Labour Party councillor for South West St Andrew Garnet Reid, has not yet been charged by the police.
Reid turned in himself to the Constant Spring Police after being named as a person of interest in connection with a sexual offence.
But according to his attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson, detectives at the Centre for Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have not charged her client and have him languishing behind bars.
“We don’t know what is going on. There has been a grand silence,” Neita-Robertson told the Observer.
She said she will be making a habeus corpus application in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today to seek a magistrate’s order that Reid be either charged or released.
A magistrate had ordered that Reid be brought to court yesterday but the matter hit a snag after disgruntled magistrates staged a sick out. This has forced Neita-Robertson to renew her bid to have her client released.
Reid underwent an identification parade on Tuesday but it is not clear whether or not he was pointed out.
Since this news Mr. Reid is said to have tied the knot with a female some months after with speculation being that he may have come under pressure to do so so as to remove any perceptions of his sexuality.
Peace and tolerance