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TIVOLI ENQUIRY: Thousands of rounds fired but only 36 spent shells recovered, says INDECOM

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:56 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A senior official at the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has testified that only 36 spent shells were recovered after the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens, even though members of the security forces acknowledged firing more than 8,800 bullets in the day leading up to and after the operations.

Hamish Campbell, deputy commissioner of INDECOM, testified before the west Kingston commission of enquiry this morning that members of the Jamaica Defence Force admitted firing 7,610 rounds of ammunition between May and June.

He said members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force JCF) acknowledged discharging 1,516 bullets over several days, but not in the area of operation.

"Someone has either removed them or disposed of them somewhere else," said Campbell, pointing to what he described as the vast disparity between bullets fired and shell casings recovered.

"Clearly they should have been there. Somebody picked them up and took them away from the scene," he said.

Campbell, who is a former detective chief superintendent in the United Kingdom, testified that no member of the security forces who acknowledged firing their weapon admitted that they had hit anyone and said he found this unfathomable.

"They must be shooting at someone they can see otherwise they would be shooting at someone they can't see," he reasoned.