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Death Squad Trial | Jury to get 'death squad' case today

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The seven-member jury in the so-called police death squad trial is expected to begin their deliberations today.

Yesterday, attorneys for the two policemen on trial wrapped up their closing arguments in the Home Circuit Court.

Justice Jennifer Straw, who is presiding over the trial, has begun giving directions to the jury, which is expected to be completed today.

Constable Collis Brown and Corporal Roan Morrison are on trial for murder and wounding with intent.

They were arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations following a shooting incident in May Pen, Clarendon, on February 13, 2010 in which 20-year-old Phaebian Dinnal was killed and another man injured.

In their submissions, the attorneys for the two policemen urged the seven-member jury to find that prosecutors have failed to prove the charges against them.

Brown's attorney, Norman Godfrey, noted that prosecutors, in trying to prove their case, had relied on the testimony of their main witness.

However, he challenged the credibility of the witness, reminding jurors that the Clarendon man gave three different accounts of the 2010 shooting incident.

 

DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS

 

The witness testified that Brown sat in the back seat of an unmarked car and shot him in the chest at close range with a M-16 rifle.

However, during cross-examination, it was revealed that he gave police investigators another account a day after the shooting incident, saying he did not see who shot him.

Godfrey argued that the witness contradicted himself several times while giving evidence.

He told the jury that the Clarendon man, whose name is being withheld, has been utterly destroyed.