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Shrewsbury murder trial deferred to March

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The highly anticipated trial of the two policemen who are facing murder charges arising from the controversial 2013 shooting deaths of three relatives in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, has been put off until March 5.

Constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell, who appeared before the Trelawny Circuit Court, are charged with the March 15, 2013 killing of brothers Andrew and Triston Brydson and their cousin Kingsley Green.

Investigator for the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Erroll Chattoo, told The Gleaner that, while the policemen's trial was expected to begin on Monday, the matter was put off after presiding High Court Justice Georgianna Fraser was told that the attorneys for both the prosecution and the defence were not ready to begin.

 

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"It has been set for next week Thursday (March 5) because the judge was not satisfied that the matter was ready," said Chattoo. "The defence and the prosecution both said that their houses were not in order, and that they needed further correspondence to get the matter ready for trial."

"The judge was not ready to set the matter for trial, or to set it for the next sitting of the Circuit Court, without understanding what the hiccup is, so the matter was set for mention for next Thursday," Chattoo explained.

The Brydson brothers and Green were killed in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, by a police team which claimed the men had engaged them in a shoot-out. The police's account was hotly disputed by residents and relatives of the men, who staged several days of protest, across three western parishes, demanding justice.

The deceased men, all members of a community church choir, were described by residents in Shrewsbury as, "the very best of the best" and enviable role models.