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Crime-scene expert to testify

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2019 | 12:13 AM

A witness said to be an expert in crime-scene reconstruction is expected to testify today in the trial for the police constables charged with the murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland in 2012.

Anna-Kay Bailey, Durvin Hayles, and Andrewain Smith are charged with Kirkland’s murder.

During yesterday’s proceedings, which began after 2 p.m., the prosecution sought to have Kathrina Graham, an investigator with the Independent Commission of Investigations, identify a fraction of the more than 400 photos taken of the crime scene and the damaged motor vehicle, but the defence said they had not been shown the pictures in question.

Presiding judge, Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick, said the defence must be shown the photographs, resulting in the court taking a short break.

When court resumed, the proceedings experienced another delay, as it was revealed that the number of photos the defence saw during the break was significantly fewer than what Graham was being asked to identify.

This took not only the defence, but also Lawrence-Beswick, by surprise. She told the court that she expected that the defence would have seen 20 photos and that she was “tremendously surprised” that 50 would be shown instead.

“The defence must get the opportunity to look at the photos you are focusing on ... . Defence must get an opportunity to show their clients,” the judge said in chiding the prosecution.

The allegations are that the three police constables shot up a blue Suzuki Swift motor car along Norman Lane in St Andrew on March 20, 2012, resulting in Kirkland’s death.

nickoy.wilson@gleanerjm.com