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Tivoli Enquiry: Attorney says witnesses not forthcoming because they fear gangsters

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A lawyer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force today suggested that some witnesses were not being forthcoming on certain issues at the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry because of the fear of gangsters.

Attorney Valerie Neita Robertson was questioning the sixth witness, Lovette Bryan, this afternoon about convicted gangster Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and the activities of the Shower Posse.

However, the witness said she had no knowledge of how he operated or of the Shower Posse.

That’s when Neita Robertson asked whether Bryan was fearful of telling the truth, but counsel to the commission Garth McBean felt that line of questioning was inappropriate.

However, Neita Robertson maintained that the questions were relevant to her client’s case and that while she is sensitive about the situation, the Commission’s duty is to get the truth.

Bryan had earlier testified of being rounded up with others and taken to a building, where soldiers held a gun to one man’s head and beat another.

She said after that, the women and children were allowed to go home and on her way back, she noticed the bodies of dead men in the street.

Earlier, another witness challenged the accuracy of an official JCF receipt he claimed he was given while in custody during the 2010 police-military operation in Tivoli Gardens.

The receipt, which was displayed at this morning's sitting of the commission noted that the witness, 45-year-old Troy Palmer, was detained at the National Arena for just one day - May 27, 2010.

But Palmer testified that he was detained at the arena for four days and this prompted commission chairman Sir David Simmons to seek clarity.

The witness maintained that the information on the receipt was not true.


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