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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: Commission to hear how it was determined that 1,800 houses were damaged

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 9:56 AM
A witness statement submitted to the three-member commission by an official at the Social Security Ministry revealed that 200 houses were severely damaged, while 1,505 had minor damage.

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is today expected to hear testimony explaining how the social security ministry determined that nearly 1,800 houses were damaged during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens.

This when the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Collette Roberts Risden takes the witness stand to give evidence.

The Sir David Simmons-chaired commission heard evidence in May that 94 houses were destroyed during the operations aimed at apprehending drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

A witness statement submitted to the three-member commission by an official at the Social Security Ministry also revealed that 200 houses were severely damaged, while 1,505 had minor damage.

Simmons expressed surprise at the figures and indicated then that Roberts Risden would appear before the commission to explain the methodology used by the ministry to determine the houses that were damaged.

The enquiry was established to examine, among other things, the conduct of the May 2010 operations in the west Kingston community.

More than 70 people were killed in the operations.