Mon | Nov 19, 2018

‘Chucky’ Brown Trial | Judge to begin summation today

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Presiding judge Justice Vivene Harris will begin her summation today at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston as the trial for murder accused Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown nears its end.

Brown is being tried for the 2009 murder of Damoy (Robert) 'Gutty' Dawkins and the 2012 murder of Dwayne 'Murderous' Douglas and Andrew 'Sugar' Fearon. He is also facing one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count for wounding with intent.

Yesterday, defence attorney Norman Godfrey continued to insist that the conflicting accounts in relation to the death of Dawkins put forward by the prosecution remained unresolved.

Godrey contends that the prosecution's witness said that Brown emerged from a station wagon before allegedly killing Dawkins along the Palmer's Cross main road in 2012. But in Brown's account in the August 10, 2013, interview, he was the driver of a white Probox motor car on the day of the shooting.

"This highlights the different versions being put forward, and clearly, both cannot be true," Godfrey said.

 

EMPTY PROMISES

 

He insisted that information obtained from his client by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) was given on the basis of promises made to him by the agency.

"It is my view that it would be reasonable to infer that whatever is contained in that document (August 10, 2013, interview transcript) whether true or false, would have been obtained based on the prior inducement held out by INDECOM to the accused," Godfrey said.

He told the jury that the account of the Crown's witness, who testified to being a police informant, must be disbelieved.

"Will you take the testimony of an admitted mercenary over that of the accused, who has served selflessly?" Godfrey asked.

He said that the prosecution was also presenting two versions of the December 13, 2012, incident in which Douglas and Fearon were killed, with no clear indication as to which one is the truth.

The attorney said that based on the evidence, the prosecution must return a not-guilty verdict.

"We are not seeking any sympathy or special treatment. All we are saying is on the totality of evidence placed before you, it would be contrary to justice to return a verdict other than not guilty," Godfrey said to the jury.