Eight policemen who were brought before the court by the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, for failing to comply with a lawful request of the Commission, have been found guilty.
The policemen were found guilty this afternoon in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
- Orrette Williamson
- Gerville Williams
- Francis Rennalls
- Devon Noble
- David Hutchinson
- Petro Green
- Marcel Dixon
- Kenneth Daley.
They’re to be sentenced on Thursday.
Senior Resident Magistrate, Georgiana Fraser, handed down the guilty verdict.
However, RM Fraser said she’ll not impose a custodial sentence.
This means the cops face a maximum fine of 3-million dollars.
The policemen were on trial for refusing to cooperate with INDECOM in a murder case.
INDECOM’s request emanated from an investigation into the fatal shooting of two civilians in 2010.
It had served notices on the policemen in connection with the deaths of 16-year-old Derrick Bolton and Rohan Dixon in Tredegar Park, in Spanish Town, St Catherine in August that year.
However, they refused to comply.
The policemen took the matter to the Constitutional Court, challenging the powers of the Commission.
The Constitutional court ruled that INDECOM acted within its powers when it called them to give statements in relation to the men’s killing.
A statement this afternoon from INDECOM, says this is its first case to be completed by the courts.
INDECOM has been in existence since 2010.
AND, Commissioner of INDECOM, Terrence Williams, has reacted to the court’s ruling this afternoon, encouraging police personnel to comply with the Commission’s requests.
He says they cannot refuse to comply without lawful justification or excuse, as stated in the INDECOM Act.
Mr. Williams is reiterating that INDECOM’s power to request information from police personnel during its investigations, has been resolved.