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Cop charged with murder in Lawrence Tavern video-recorded shooting granted bail

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Police constable Kevon Gordon who has been charged with murder in connection with the video-recorded shooting of Garfield Coburn, a resident of Mahoney District, Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew has been granted bail.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey this morning offered him bail in the sum of $250,000.

A stop order was placed on Gordon at all ports of entry and exit; and he was also ordered to surrender his travel documents.

Amateur video broadcast on television and posted on the Internet showed Coburn on the ground following a dance in Lawrence Tavern shortly after being shot.

Immediately before the shooting, Coburn was held by a cop who insisted that he should accompany him, as he was under arrest.

However, Coburn resisted efforts by the cop to remove him.

In the video several bystanders pleaded with the cop to leave Coburn.

They also suggested that Coburn was being arrested for a ganja spliff.

Investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) arrested and charged Gordon on Friday, March 13 and he faced an identification parade the following day.

INDECOM says he was positively identified by all witnesses.