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Tivoli Enquiry: I saw one of his feet hanging from the sheet, says witness

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 11:53 AM
Joan McCarthy - Ian Allen photos

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning heard riveting testimony from an elderly Tivoli Gardens woman who recounted losing two family members just minutes apart during the 2010 police-military operations in her community.

Joan McCarthy testified that she saw the body of her son-in-law Dwayne Edwards - wrapped in one of her bed sheets - being taken from her third floor apartment by policemen minutes after he was taken there for a search of the home.

"I saw one of his feet hanging from the sheet," she recalled.

McCarthy said not long after, she saw police personnel carrying what appear to be the body of her grand-nephew, Andre Smith.

"I saw two policemen passing. I didn't actually see Andre's body, but you could see that the front one hold something and the back one hold something," she said.

"I don't see Andre or Dwayne from that day until today again," she said as she paused to wipe away tears.

Added McCarthy: "I only know I can continue call them name ... I've never seen them again."

According to her, the double tragedy came after soldiers banged on the door of her apartment and asked everyone to go to the ground floor of the building.

At the end of her examination-in-chief, Commission chairman Sir David Simmons asked if she wanted a break before cross-examination and she accepted.


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