Mon | May 27, 2019

Sentencing postponed again for cops in Kirkland trial

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:21 AM

The sentencing for the three cops found guilty of manslaughter in relation to the March 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland has been postponed.

It has been rescheduled for next Wednesday.

This is the second postponement the sentencing has suffered, having first been scheduled for April 5.

Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie indicated that he and his colleagues, attorneys-at-law Nadine Guy and Oswest Senior-Smith, would like to make additional written submissions to the court on what he described as “novel points of law”.

He indicated that it would be helpful to presiding judge Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick when she hands down the sentences.

The submissions are due by next Tuesday.

They also requested time to analyse the social enquiry reports for their clients, which they only received yesterday.

The cops, Constables Andrewain Smith, Durvin Hayles, and Annakay Bailey were, on February 8, found guilty of manslaughter of Kirkland, then a student at the Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew, who was shot and killed along Norman Lane in Kingston.

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