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Trial pushed back for cops in Vanessa Kirkland murder

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 9:29 PM

The trial of the three police constables charged with the murder of schoolgirl, Vanessa Kirkland, has been pushed back to February 15, 2016.

The date was set when the accused constables Anakay Bailey, Dervin Hayles and Andrewain Smith appeared in the Home Circuit Court today.

One of the lawyers in the case, Peter Champagnie, complained about the lack of readiness of the prosecution’s case.

He told the court that he was served with notices to adduce evidence up to this morning .

The attorney said the witnesses the prosecution intends to call were not on the back of the indictment.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert queried as to when the case came before the court.

He was informed that the case came before the court in July 2013 by way of a voluntary bill of indictment.

The judge noted that he has complained several times that the cases which came by voluntary bill of indictment were often brought in a haphazard manner.

He says in such cases, the statements, the witnesses to be called and the indictment must be served on the defence from an early stage.

Kirkland was shot and killed in March 2012 after the policemen reportedly shot at the vehicle in which she was a passenger.