Tommy Lee Sparta was released from police custody after judge ruled that the artist was improperly detained under the Public State of Emergency.

was released from police custody after a judge issued the order on Tuesday (May 29).

Parish Judge Sandrea Wong-Small ordered the immediate release of Sparta from jail when the matter was brought up in the St James Parish Court.

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The judge ruled that the entertainer was improperly detained under the Public State of Emergency.

He was not charged with a crime.

The ruling comes a week after the Judge gave the police seven days to justify the “Happy Life” deejay’s detention, following a habeas corpus application made by his lawyers, and Donahue Martin, on behalf of  the artist.

Tommy Lee Sparta, whose given name is Leroy Russell, arrested last Sunday morning (May 20) in St Andrew with the police describing him as a “serious gangster.”

Hours after his detention, he was transported to St James for detention under the state of public emergency.

However, the judge said she was of the view that Tommy Lee was not properly detained by the police under the state of emergency.

The police had claimed that Tommy Lee had fled St James and that he could not be found at the St Andrew address which was given for him.

But defence attorney Tom Tavares Finson argued that the artist was working in St Andrew at a stage show prior to his arrest.

He also said Tommy Lee Sparta has been living outside of St James since 2017.

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