A member of the Constabulary has been charged with murder for what is being described by the family of one of the men killed as an execution style killing by the police in 2018.
In a statement, the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, says Corporal Damion Stewart was placed before the St. Catherine Parish Court on Friday to answer to a double murder charge.
Corporal Stewart was charged in relation to the fatal shooting of O’Neil Johnson and Ricardo Stewart on March 5, 2018.
The men were killed at the Real Deal Car Wash in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.
INDECOM says the charge came following an investigation by the oversight body and a ruling from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, ODPP.
The police have reported that a team of five JCF members were on mobile patrol along the Spanish Town Bypass when men alighted from two vehicles and opened gunfire in their direction.
The police allege that in response, they fired in the direction of the men.
Following the exchange, two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.
At the time of his killing O’Neil Johnson was described by his relatives as a family man who worked as a taxi driver.
Speaking with our news centre shortly after the fatal shooting, a relative, Theresa Francis, said her cousin-in-law was killed execution style by the police.
INDECOM says eyewitnesses to the incident have also refuted the accounts from the police of the incident.
Corporal Stewart was granted bail in the sum of $500,000.
He’s to return to court on October 11, 2021.