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Three cops in Kamoza Clarke case to face Circuit Court

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

Three of the five policemen who are facing charges arising from the death of Trelawny resident Kamoza Clarke will have their case heard in the Trelawny Circuit Court on November 6.

Sergeant Derrick Henry and district constables Alwayne Eccleston and Onecko Brown, who are charged with manslaughter arising from Clarke's death following a beating he sustained while in custody at the Falmouth police lock-up on October 20, 2013, were offered bail when they appeared in the Trelawny Parish Court in Duncans on Friday.

 

$600,000 bail

 

The bail offer was made to them by presiding parish judge Ruth Lawrence, ahead of their anticipated appearance in the Circuit Court. They were each offered bail in the sum of $600,000 with sureties.

Meanwhile, district constables Desmond Lawrence and Tristan Turner - the other two police defendants, who are both charged with neglect of duty - had their bails extended and their matter set for mention on November 1, at the Trelawny Parish Court in Falmouth.

Kamoza Clarke, a mentally challenged man who lived at Bunkers' Hill in Trelawny and was 31 years old at the time of his death, was beaten into a vegetative state while in custody on a charge of malicious destruction of property. He died four months later, on February 25, 2014, while in intensive care at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

Clarke's beating and subsequent death sparked outrage from human-rights advocates, including the Families against State Terrorism, and Amnesty International.