UPDATE: Constable in video-recorded shooting says deceased pulled knife on cop
The policeman charged with murder in connection with the video-recorded shooting of a St Andrew man has provided a statement claiming that the deceased was shot dead after he pulled a knife and was about to stab a police officer.
An excerpt of the statement was read out in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court today when constable Kevon Gordon appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey on the charge of murder.
The court was told that the incident that took place on March 6, in full view of others in Mahoney District near Lawrence Tavern, at a party that was being held without permit.
But according to the prosecution, statements from persons at the scene are consistent with the video footage which shows that the deceased, Garfield Coburn, did not have a knife.
Coburn's relatives have retained attorney Tom Tavares-Finson to oversee the proceedings on their behalf.
In seeking bail for her client, attorney at law Valerie Neita-Robertson outlined that Gordon has cooperated with the investigations and that the incident occurred during the course of his duty.
Gordon was later granted bail in the sum of $250,000.
A stop order has also been placed on him at the ports of exit.