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Cop in Christmas Day shooting offered bail

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 1:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

The St James policeman who is facing a murder charge following the shooting death of his child's mother on Christmas Day, last year, was offered bail when he appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Constable Lawrence Smith, 29, who was arrested in relation to the death of Terry-Ann Steer on December 25, 2015, was offered bail in the sum of $500,000 by presiding magistrate Sandria Wong-Small.

Attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas, who is representing Smith, told RM Wong-Small that his client was prepared to contest the allegations against him.

"Prior to this, he (Smith) was a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. His travel documents are here to be surrendered, and he will abide by any conditions the court may impose on him," said Thomas, in making the bail application for Smith.

The court was also told that a number of documents, including the scene-of-crime report, the ballistic report, the post-mortem report, and call-data information were outstanding from the prosecution's case file.

ORDERED To SUBMITFINGERPRINTS

As part of his bail conditions, Smith was instructed to report to the Barrett Town Police Station twice weekly. He was also instructed to submit his fingerprints to the police.

The case will be mentioned on February 24, when the outstanding documents are expected to be submitted for completion of the case file.

The allegations are that on December 25, Smith went to Steer's home in Bogue Village, Montego Bay, where the two got into an argument. During the dispute, Steer reportedly threw water on Smith and then attacked him, following which she was shot in the chest.

Steer was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Smith subsequently turned himself in to the police later that night.

- C.T.