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West Kingston Enquiry: Ellington rejects shot in the back claim

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 2:14 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington.

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has contradicted evidence before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that 35 or nearly half of the more than 70 persons killed during the 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston were shot in the back.

Chairman of the Commission, Sir David Simmons, revealed yesterday that the figure was included in the post-mortem reports prepared by Government medical officials.

However, testifying during cross-examination by attorney-at-law Lord Anthony Gifford, who is representing the Office of the Public Defender,  Ellington said the post-mortem summaries he saw indicated that only 14 of the more than 70 persons killed in the operations had gunshot wounds to the back.

He said of that number six had gunshot wounds to their backs alone.

The remaining eight, he said, had bullet wounds to their backs and other parts of their bodies.

Gifford, however, insisted that the post-mortem reports show that 35 persons had gunshot wounds to their backs.