The Queen v Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Corrections exparte Orville Cephas

Case Number: 
M. 47A of 1975
Date of Delivery: 
31.12.1975

In the Supreme Court
Before : M r , J u s t i c e P a r n e l l
S u i t No, M, 4 7 o~f 1975
The Queen v. Commissioner of P o l i c e and
Commissioner of Corrections
Ex p a r t e O r v i l l e Cephas
( ~ p p l i c a t i o n f o r !writ of Habeas Corpus)
Grant, 2 , C , and Kirlew, Q.C. f o r Applicant
Patrick Robinson of Attorney General's
Department
Henderson Downer and Derrick Hew
1975 - D e c e n w 30 and -31
f o r Respondents
f o r D. P. P,
Jany. 22, 1976 - P a r n e l l , J. :
On the 31st December, 1975, t h e a p p l i c a t i o n f o r a w r i t of
Habeas Corpus i n t h i s matter was dismissed v?ith c o s t s . The order
n i s i granted on December 19, was discharged. I promised t o put my
reasons i n w r i t i n g and t l i i s I now do.
The a p p l i c a n t , O r v i l l e Cephas is a Jamaican of 31, Young S t r e e t ,
Spanish Town. He is a t a i l o r by occupation. I n an a f f i d a v i t
executed on December 3, 1975, he s t a t e s t h a t he h:is been t o t h e
United S t a t e s ; t h a t on Sunday the 30th' November l a s t , he was a r r e s t e d
a t Vernamf i e l d i n Clarendon ~ind taken t o C e n t r a l Polic e S t a t i o n ,
Kingston. In paragraphs 3, 4, 8 and 9 of h i s a f f i d a v i t he s t a t e s ,
r e s p e c t i v e l y , a s follows:
3 • s f That I was shown no warrant f o r my a r r e s t and
no warrant was read t o me.
4 . If That I was informed t h a t I was wanted i n the
United S t a t e s of America on a charge of murder ,
8. " That I am n o t i n v o l v e d i n any murder i n t h e
United S t a t e s of .cLmerica. "
9 • T i That I was not aware of any charge being l a i d
a g a i n s t me i n the United S t a t e s of America f o r
murder. "
The a p p l i c a n t sum-narises h i s comy~laint i n paragraph 10 of h i s a f f i -
d a v i t a s follovis:

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