Tivoli Enquiry: Tense times as teen witness tells tales
There were some tense moments at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this afternoon as a young woman, who was 13 at the time of the 2010 security force operations, took the stand.
Kishonna Gordon says her stepfather was shot by soldiers on May 24, 2010 and shortly after, she too was shot by a soldier.
Gordon says while in hospital after the shooting, the soldier visited her and said he wasn’t trying to kill her but was instead trying to slow her down, as she looked like a boy from the community.
However, Gordon lost her temper after continuous questioning from attorneys representing the security forces about how she knew it was soldiers who shot her and her step father.
Gordon was further incensed when she realized that her name was spelt incorrectly one of the statements she had given.
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According to the teenager, if her name could be spelt incorrectly there, it is possible that there are other errors in the statement.
Chairman of the Commission Sir David Simmons attempted to calm the witness after she insisted that the commission was wasting her time as it was not paying attention to her testimony.
Gordon said five years after being shot in the incursion she was still in pain without any justice.
The commission’s chairman then attempted to explain the reason the commission was being held.
However Gordon refused to listen.
According to the teenager, just as members of the commission and lawyers are working to be paid, she too was looking to be compensated for her experiences.
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