Tivoli Enquiry: Testimony of final witness for 2014 suspended
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The testimony of the final witness at this year's sitting of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has been put on hold temporarily so as to not prejudice a matter now before the Special Coroner’s Court.
This morning, Tivoli Resident, Paulette Wellington, took the witness stand where she began to tell the commission about how her son was allegedly killed by a soldier.
While giving her evidence in chief, one of the attorneys for the Jamaica Defence Force, Linton Gordon, pointed out that the case involving Ms Wellington’s son is being heard in the Special Coroner’s Court.
Gordon argued that it would be inappropriate for her to continue to give testimony before the enquiry.
He also asked that the testimony given so far be removed from the enquiry’s records.
However, Commission Chairman, Sir David Simmons, rejected that argument stating that it was important for Wellington to give her evidence before the enquiry.
Sir David then ruled that her testimony would be suspended until the outcome of the proceedings at the special coroner’s court.
He argued that this will avoid any risk of prejudice.
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