A pregnant woman was used as a shield by gunmen during the May 2010 security forces operation to capture Christopher Dudus Coke.
That’s the testimony given today to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry by Major Kevorn Henry of the Jamaica Defence Force.
Major Henry was the commanding officer of the JDF’s Bravo Company in May 2010.
The battalion was responsible for creating a buffer around Tivoli Gardens, to prevent gunmen in Denham Town from entering the community.
He says that during the process of creating the buffer, his men came under heavy gunfire.
He says after his battalion established the buffer zone, he received a report that three gunmen were using a pregnant woman to draw the fire of soldiers, so they could pinpoint their location.
Major Henry told the Enquiry that on the first day of the operation, his soldiers tried to gain control of Foxy’s Plaza which had been taken over by gunmen.
In a video shown to the Commission, soldiers can be seen lying on the roof of the plaza, amid sustained gunfire and bullets ricocheting off the walls.
Major Henry told the Enquiry that a helicopter, that was called to support the ground troops as they fought for control of the plaza, was fired on by gunmen.
Major Henry told the Enquiry, that in his almost 20 years serving the army, he has never seen a greater level of coordination among gunmen.