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Tivoli Enquiry: Witness challenges accuracy of JCF receipt

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 1:54 PM
Troy Palmer at the Tivoli Enquiry. - Jermaine Barnaby photo

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A witness at the west Kingston Commission of Enquiry has challenged the accuracy of an official Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) receipt he claimed he was given while in custody during the 2010 police-military incursion in Tivoli Gardens.

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

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

"So you are saying that this statement (that he only spent one day in custody) is not true,?" Simmons questioned.

"Yes, it's not true boss," Palmer replied.

"And many people can back you up with that?" Simmons continued.

"Yes yes yes," the witness replied, noting that he knew a lot of the persons who were being detained at the arena at the time.

Palmer said he was told by members of the security forces that he was being taken to the arena to have tests conducted to determine if he was firing guns.

He said he was questioned at the arena but complained that he was poorly fed until "a pastor man start carry food fi we."


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