Sharpe Freed of Criminal Charges


Prominent Broadcaster and Policeman, Michael Sharpe, has been freed of criminal charges.

The former TVJ  news anchor was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Sharpe, a District Constable, was charged on May 14 last year after an incident in 2013 where a woman alleged that he assaulted her during an incident on the Hellshire main road in St Catherine.

Mr. Sharpe was freed in the Spanish Town Criminal Court this morning.

His attorney Peter Champagnie explained to the Court that the matter had been taken to mediation.

He said it was agreed that a misunderstanding had taken place.

Sharpe was asked to enter a plea and said not guilty.

Mr. Champagnie says his client was then freed of the charges.

Mr. Sharpe has maintained his innocence, ever since news of the incident became public.

He contended that the complainant and her boyfriend were in a heated argument when he intervened.

The woman reportedly fell to the ground and was injured.

A complaint was made to the Police and a  file sent to the DPP, who ruled that he be charged.

The criminal charge resulted in Sharpe being taken off main stream TV and removed as TVJ news anchor.

Speaking this morning to Nationwide News shortly after he was freed, Mr. Sharpe says he feels vindicated.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

2 thoughts on “Sharpe Freed of Criminal Charges

  1. prudence elliott

    that’s why you must not try to help some people you your self end up getting hurt I hope TVJ pay you your money and apologises to you

  2. Celia McKoy

    What happens now? Will he be reinstated and paid all the salary he would have earned over the period?

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