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West Kingston Enquiry: Tense moments between senior cop and lawyer

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 6:43 PM

Tense cross-examination continued this morning between the lawyer for the Tivoli Committee civil group and a senior policeman as the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry resumed.

Attorney-at-law, Carol DaCosta, appearing for the Lloyd D'Aguilar group and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Leon Rose traded sharp exchanges over his knowledge of certain aspects of the plans to enter West Kingston in May 2010. 

The tense exchanges began when DaCosta pressed on the state of readiness of the Mobile Reserve Police Unit for which ACP rose had responsibility. 

 

ACP Leon Rose and before him lawyer, Carol DaCosta

Proceedings got further intense as DaCosta pushed for the senior policeman to explain how the plan by the security forces unfolded. 

ACP Rose said he was not capable of answering as he was not in the area of operation. 

He told the lawyer that he would be speculating if he was to say whether there was any deviation from the plan. 

Her insistence drew the intervention of lawyers for the security forces and subsequently chairman Sir David Simmons who said ACP Rose may not be the best person to answer her question. 

 

Chair Sir David Simmons ending that exchange between Carol DaCosta and lawyer for the JCF, Debra Martin