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West Kingston Enquiry: Retired JDF colonel's evidence contradicts Assistant Commissioner's

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 6:27 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) colonel has given evidence before the west Kingston commission of enquiry that appears to contradict aspects of the testimony given by Assistant Commissioner of Police Leon Rose.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Sewell, commander of the JDF's second battalion during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens, testified this morning that no police officers addressed the group of police and soldiers that had assembled at Up Park Camp before heading to the west Kingston community.

Assistant Commissioner Rose had told the commission that he briefed the troops before they departed for Tivoli Gardens.

However, testifying during cross examination by senior legal counsel for the commission, Garth McBean, Sewell said he could not recall seeing Rose at Up Park Camp that morning.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Sewell and before him chairman of the Tivoli Enquiry Sir David Simmons

He also testified that he could not recall seeing then Senior Superintendent of Police Donovan Graham at Up Park Camp that morning and identified then Senior Superintendent Winchroy Budhoo as the ground commander for the police personnel who took part in the operations.

Graham has testified that he was the JCF ground commander for the operations.