The St Elizabeth policeman charged with manslaughter after his 18-month-old daughter was locked in his car and subsequently died, continues to bear the torment of losing his child.
This is according to his attorney, Thomas Levene, who spoke to Loop News on Monday after his client appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court and was offered $750,000 bail.
“Detective Sergeant [Sheldon] Dobson continues to bear the torment of losing his beloved daughter. However, the ruling by the Honourable Director of Public Prosecutions, though unfortunate, is understandable given the public interest,” Levene told Loop News.
Eighteen-month-old Shaleah Dobson died two days after she was left in her father’s car for several hours.
Detective Sergeant Dobson was charged for the January 17 incident in which he left his daughter inside the car while at work in Black River in the parish.
Dobson is assigned to the Black River Police Station and was to The child’s mother is also a sergeant of police in the St Elizabeth Police Division.
The policeman’s team is preparing to go to trial.
“The Honourable Director has chosen the venue for the issues to be ventilated before an impartial tribunal of law and facts, and Detective Sergeant Dobson and all members of his legal team are preparing for trial,” he said.
The attorney said his client is an exemplary member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
“It must be noted that the tone and tenor of the documents served on Counsel today [Monday] support the fact that Detective Sergeant Dobson was passionate about his daughter and his job, and was, and continues, to be an impeccable senior member of the JCF,” he said.
The policeman is to return to court in Balaclava on October 25.