‘Tivoli Residents Set Houses Ablaze’ – Army Colonel Testifies

A retired Army Colonel this afternoon gave testimony at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, suggesting residents of Tivoli Gardens set several houses on fire in May, 2010.

Former JDF Lieutenant Colonel, Andrew Sewell, was in charge of the Second Battalion that had gone into Tivoli as part of the joint police/military operation to capture Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Under cross-examination by Counsel to Commission, Garth McBean, he was asked what residents said started the fires.

The former army man also told the Commission that he had no reason to believe the fires were caused by the use of mortars by the JDF.

Meanwhile, Colonel Sewell also disclosed today that explosives were used to clear roadblocks and barricades that were mounted in Tivoli.