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Cop charged in Christmas shooting for court April 27

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas


Christopher Thomas - Gleaner Writer


The St James policeman who was arrested in relation to the shooting death of his child's mother on Christmas Day, last year, will make his next appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on April 27, following his latest appearance on Wednesday.

Constable Lawrence Smith, 29, is charged with murder in relation to the death of Terry-Ann Steer on December 25, 2015.

On Wednesday, the court was told that a number of statements, including the post-mortem report and communications report were outstanding from the prosecution's case-file, and that these would be ready in another two months' time.

Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small subsequently set the case for mention on April 27, at which time the file is expected to be complete. She also extended Smith's bail to the next court date.

The allegations are that on December 25, Smith went to Steer's home in Bogue Village, Montego Bay, where the two got into an argument. During the dispute, Steer reportedly threw water on Smith and then attacked him, following which she was shot in the chest.

Steer was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Smith turned himself in to the police later that night.