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West Kingston Enquiry: 'My husband was crying ..., the baby was screaming' - Tivoli resident

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 9:50 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Joan Haughton Allison testified before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today that she was about to start preparing a meal for her husband and children when she heard "a bomb and felt like the building shake."

Another resident of Tivoli Gardens has recounted how the sounds of "bombs" left her family, including a six-month-old child, terrified during the May 2010 police-military operations in her west Kingston community.

Joan Haughton Allison testified before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today that she was about to start preparing a meal for her husband and children when she heard "a bomb and felt like the building shake."

"My husband was crying for his ears, the baby was screaming ... everyone was screaming and crying. I had to get a piece of cotton and stuff in the baby's ear to stop the crying," Allison testified.

Despite the sound of gunfire, she said her family decided to leave the building and go outside "because it seemed like the building was going to come down."

Retired army chief Major General Stewart Saunders has given evidence that he authorised the use of mortars during the operations aimed at capturing then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

According to Saunders, a total of 37 mortars were fired into three open spaces around the community to ensure that woman and children stayed indoors and out of harms way.