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JFJ calls for thorough prosecution in Neville Lemmon case

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Lobby Group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is calling for thorough and timely prosecution of the case of the death of Neville Lemmon on which the Special Coroner’s Court made a ruling this week.

Lemmon was a carpenter from Seaview Gardens, who was shot dead by police officers while on his roof, allegedly smoking a ganja spliff.

A post-mortem revealed that Lemmon had received a total of eight gun-shot wounds.

On May 20, a Coroner’s Jury handed down a verdict of manslaughter by gross negligence against unnamed police officers who were responsible for the shooting death of Lemmon on August 4, 2005.

The matter now proceeds to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is responsible for initiating a prosecution in the Circuit Court.

JFJ says Lemmon’s family has already waited ten long years for justice and his elderly mother wishes to see justice for her son’s death before she dies.

JFJ says it welcomes the ruling of the Coroner’s court but this small victory is still only one step in holding those responsible for this violation of the right to life accountable.

The group notes that justice delayed is justice denied.