Chief Justice Brands Prosecution Witness ‘Unreliable’

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On Day Four of the second Police Death Squad Murder Trial, Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, told the Court that he’ll instruct the jury to treat yesterday’s prosecution witness as unreliable.

The Chief Justice also raised concerns over the ‘objectivity of the investigation’ which built the prosecution’s case against three members of the constabulary force.

Three of those men, Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, District Constable Carl Bucknor and Constable Howard Brown, are on trial in the Supreme Court in Kingston.

Yesterday, the prosecution witness testified he was at the premises when the three policemen killed Andrew Bissoon. He admitted that there were a number of inconsistencies in his story. He said he knew Detective Corporal Adams as Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown.

The witness went on to identify Constable Howard Brown as ‘Gaza’ and District Constable Bucknor as ‘Addi’. The witness lied to investigators of the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM when he signed thee statements in a fake name.

During the cross-examination of the policeman who led the operation in September 2011, this afternoon, retired Inspector, Junior Johnson, Justice Sykes, brought proceedings to a halt.

Retired Inspector Johnson was being asked by the defense if Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown or Pete ‘Gaza’ Samuels were at the scene of the shooting when the prosecution, led by Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay, raised an objection.

During the objection the presiding judge asked; ‘Is this a genuine objective process or are people being targeted?’

In his evidence, retired Inspector Johnson said neither Collis Brown nor Pete Samuels were on the scene of the incident.

Chief Justice Sykes says given the inconsistencies in the statements given to by the civilian witness he’ll instruct the jury to treat his evidence as unreliable.

Following a heated exchange with the prosecution Chief Justice Sykes again raised concerns, asking: ‘Is this a fair and objective investigation?’ He went on to say that in a case where the identities of the people on trial is important, ‘we have a witness identification that is wrong.’

The trial will resume next Thursday.

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William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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