The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is moving to clarify the facts of two cases involving five members of the police force who were freed in the St. Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday.
The two cases were brought against the five members of the Constabulary by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). The policemen were represented by Christopher Townsend and Pierre Rodgers.
In March, the Appeals Court declared that INDECOM and its investigators don’t have the power to arrest, charge and prosecute members of the police force.
Mr. Townsend told our News Centre the cases were dismissed because of the Court of Appeal’s ruling. But, the DDP says there are other factors at play in both cases which led to the acquittal of all five men.
Constables Dumar Ducally, Leeshawn Billings, Noel Ingram, and Davion King were charged with manslaughter and discharging their weapon within 40 yards of a thoroughfare.
DPP Llewellyn says the expert witness in the case was discredited.
In the other case, Detective Constable Pennington was charged with murder.
DPP Llewellyn says the file presented to the court in this matter was incomplete.
DPP Llewellyn says she agrees with the judge’s decision in both matters. She says the Court of Appeal’s decision on the extent of INDECOM’s powers played a part in the judge’s ruling.
However, she says there were stronger legal factors at play than just the Appeals Court ruling.