A witness this afternoon broke down in tears at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, as she testified how her nephew was killed during the security forces operation, while she and other family members were abused by soldiers.
It’s perhaps the most dramatic and sombre moment at the Enquiry so far.
41-year-old year-old, Roselyn Newton, a resident of Tivoli, broke down in tears as she testified.
For well over an hour, she recounted what she and her family experienced in May, 2010, during the joint police/military operation into Tivoli.
Chairman of the Commission, Sir David Simmons, called for a halt to proceedings as she broke down in tears.
As she was being ushered out of the room to be comforted, she wept even louder, screaming almost.
Ms. Newton is the 23rd witness to appear at the Enquiry.
She testified that on Monday, May 24, 2010, a policeman took her nephew to an area in the community, as she watched, lying face down on the ground with others.
She says she saw fire coming out of the policeman’s gun after he pointed the weapon in the direction of her nephew, Lundie Murphy, who was in his 20s.
Ms. Newton says she never saw her nephew again until his funeral in July, 2010.
During cross-examination by an attorney for the police, Valerie Neita Robertson, it was revealed that the post-mortem report indicates that her nephew had received three shots to the chest, that exited through his back.
Ms. Newton also testified that she was verbally and physically abused by soldiers.
She testified that before her nephew was killed, she, her baby-father and son were ordered out of their house and rounded up by soldiers.
She testified that they were made to lie face down in mud.
Ms. Newton also told the Enquiry that while she and others were lying in the mud, the soldiers abused the men, who had been separated from the women.
Meanwhile, the twenty-first witness today appeared before the Enquiry and testified that he was shot in the right hand during the May 2010 operation.
He says he was hospitalized for 20 days in the first instance.
After he was discharged, he had to return for further treatment.
The witness, George Harriott, says he was living at 76 North Street at the time he was shot.
He says he was shot by either soldiers or police from across a building at Tivoli Court.
However, under cross-examination by Deborah Martin, an attorney for the police, he admitted that he hadn’t made that assertion in the statement he submitted to the Enquiry.
He later said people had told him it was either soldiers or police who shot him.
Mr. Harriott says he still has problems using his right hand.
He says he’s unable to use his right hand to work, his fingers cannot be fully stretched and there’s a metal pin in his arm.
Mr. Harriott – who says he’s a delivery man – says it’s difficult to use his left hand to drive.
He says he’s had 60-thousand dollars in compensation from the State.
But he says that’s insufficient to cover his medical expenses, and he still needs to do another surgery.
A resident of Waterhouse in Western St. Andrew, this afternoon told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that her 16-year-old son was taken away by soldiers on May 25, 2010 during the Tivoli incursion and she’s not seen him since.
Dawn Brown, the twenty-second witness to appear before the Enquiry, today requested that her image not be shown as she testified.
She says her son, Dale Davis, was a loving and caring boy, who lived with his sickly grand-aunt in Tivoli.
She says he attended Tivoli Comprehensive High School.
As Ms. Brown gave her testimony, she was at times inaudible, her voice cracked and she sounded hoarse and on the verge of tears.
She testified that Dale’s grand-aunt, Joy Grant, saw soldiers take her son away from their home in Tivoli on Tuesday, May, 25, 2010
She also testified that she was told her son had died, after giving DNA samples to the government’s forensic lab.
Miss Brown told the Enquiry she searched several places for her son, including the Alpha Boys Home, the National Arena, the Child Development Agency, the Tivoli Community Centre and Madden’s Funeral Home.
But she never saw him again.
Ms. Brown says just before the start of the operation, her son called her and told her about gunshots being fired.
She says she warned him to stay inside.
She says she’d spoken with him on the Sunday, Monday and on Tuesday morning.
Under cross-examination by JDF lawyer, Linton Gordon, she said he was aware that her son was treated as a missing person.
She says she’s received no compensation for the disappearance of her son.