‘School Boy’ Trial

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Nationwide News understands that prosecutors in the United States have turned over to defense attorneys evidence they have against convicted former Jamaican policeman, Errol Richards, more popularly known as ‘School Boy Richie’.

Richards, who was once feared on the streets of downtown Kingston, received widespread public attention in 1996 when he was charged jointly with then, Senior Superintendent of Police, Owen Ellington.

In June this year, Richards again made local headlines when he was arrested and charged by US law enforcement with conspiracy and drug trafficking.

The United States District Court in New York had given prosecutors until July 14 to turn over evidence they have against Richards to defense attorneys.

A source in the state’s attorneys office told our news center today that disclosure has been made, including audio evidence.

Contacted this afternoon, Richards’ New York-based attorney Thomas Dunn, declined comment on whether his client intends to proceed to trial or strike a plea bargain deal.

Richards is to return to Court in New York tomorrow for his pre-trial hearing.

In December 1996, Richards and Owen Ellington were charged by Police in Jamaica with conspiracy to defraud an insurance company of 450-thousand dollars.

Ellington, who’s now the outgoing Commissioner of Police, was freed after a no-case submission was upheld but Richards was convicted.

Subsequent to his sentence, ‘School Boy Richie’ went to the United States where he’s now accused of breaching that country’s narcotics laws.

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