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Identities of slain Tivoli brothers confirmed by Public Defender's office

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 9:01 PM
Tivoli Gardens

The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) says it has confirmed the identities of the two young men who a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier said he saw with gunshot wounds after a brief conversation with masked policemen during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens.

Their names are being withheld, but the OPD says the two are brothers and resided in the west Kingston community at the time.

The soldier, who was testifying before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry on Thursday, said on May 24, 2010 he was standing about 15 metres from a house when he heard a group of policemen ordered a woman out leaving her two sons.

He said there was a brief conversation and then he heard loud explosions that sounded like gunshots.

The soldier testified that moments later he and other soldiers went to the house and saw the two young men with multiple gunshot wounds and that he saw no firearms in the area.