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Tivoli resident had side of face blown off during operation

Published:Monday | February 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Government pathologist Dr Rajendra Prasad Kadiyala says a Tivoli Gardens man who was killed during the 2010 police-military operation in his west Kingston community had the right side of his face "blown away".

Dr Prasad was being cross-examined by attorney for the Office of the Public Defender Lord Anthony Gifford, at the West Kingston commission of enquiry about the postmortem of Oshane Walker.

Prasad, a consultant pathologist attached to the Ministry of National Security, said Walker suffered a "complete fracture" of the ethmoid bone inside his skull.

"Let us speak in a way the average person can understand. Would you say that the right side of this man's face was blown away?" asked chairman of the enquiry, Sir David Simmons.

"Yes, sir," he replied.


Former Jamaica Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Stewart Saunders, has testified before the commission that he authorised the use of mortars during the operation.

He also said 37 mortars were fired into three open spaces in Tivoli Gardens.

Meanwhile, the three-member tribunal has also heard evidence that gunmen loyal to gangster Christopher 'Dudus' Coke had erected several roadblocks throughout West Kingston, some of which were fitted with improvised explosive devices.

Those devices reportedly contained steel and other metallic objects.

The commission of enquiry was established to look into the police-military operation to execute an arrest warrant for Coke.