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Jamaicans for Justice loses appeal

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 11:10 AM

The human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has lost its appeal to bar the promotion of renowned crime fighter Delroy Hewitt from superintendent to senior superintendent.

JFJ had appealed against a Supreme Court ruling which turned down its application in 2012 to quash  the Police Service Commission's (PSC) recommendation for  Hewitt to be promoted.

In its application, JFJ asked the Supreme Court to find that the PSC acted unreasonably because it refused to investigate several incidents of shootings and abuses arising from complaints allegedly made by residents against Hewitt and his team.

Justice Bertram Morrison heard the application and dismissed it and JFF appealed.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal ruled that JFJ's complaint that the decision of the PSC was unreasonable, irrational and was without foundation. 

Attorney-at-law Carlene Larmond who represented the PSC, had argued on appeal that the evidence before Justice Morrison supported his conclusion that the Commission 's decision to recommend Hewitt for  promotion was not unreasonable.

Attorney-at-law Richard Small had argued that although JFJ had asked the PSC to investigate the allegations, that was not done.

JFJ contended that it was by way of the news media that it heard that Hewitt was promoted.