St James Parish Judge Sandria Wong Small has ordered the immediate release of entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta, who was last week detained by the police in Kingston then taken to St James.
The decision was made after the police went to court today in an attempt to justify the detention of the artiste, as was demanded by Wong Small after the deejay’s attorneys Tom Tavares Finson and Donahue Martin made a habeas corpus application.
The police tried to get the court to agree for him to be further detained under the ongoing state of emergency in the parish but the judge rejected that request.
Tommy Lee Sparta, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was detained last Sunday morning in St Andrew at an ATM shortly after he had left the final of the popular Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition.
He was later transferred to St James in relation to organised crime in the parish, according to police.
Russell has had run-ins with the law in the past.
Last year, the police said that he was wanted for questioning in relation to ongoing violence in sections of St James.
Russell was also listed last year by detectives from the Kingston Eastern division as a person of interest in relation to a shooting in the capital city.