The trial of three Jamaica Defence Force, JDF, soldiers charged in connection with the May 2010 shooting death of accountant, Keith Clarke, has been postponed again.
The trial which was set to begin Monday morning has been pushed back to April 9 next year. One of the key witnesses is unavailable. This was disclosed by Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. She says pathologist, Dr. Dinesh Rao, is unavailable.
Dr. Rao was the doctor who conducted the post-mortem on Mr. Clarke.
The former consultant pathologist in the Ministry of Health migrated to India. He was unable to make it back for the start of the trial today.
Ms. Llewellyn says the doctor who’s now a professor has obligations to his university and students. However, he says next April is not an exam period.
The defence has agreed that the April 9 date is convenient. The date has also been marked as a priority.
Meanwhile, DPP Llewellyn says all other witnesses are ready. The prosecution has 16 witnesses listed, 12 of whom are retired Jamaica Constabulary Force members.
Clarke was allegedly shot by soldiers, when they went to his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew home in search of then fugitive Christopher “Dudus” Coke.
The JDF said it raided Clarke’s house based on intelligence that Coke may have been hiding there.
Lance Corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley and Private Arnold Henry, are charged with Clarke’s murder.
A Post-Mortem on Clarke’s body revealed he had 20 bullet wounds mostly in his back.