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Cop who allegedly shot brother dead granted bail

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:04 PM

The policeman who allegedly shot and killed his brother in Hatfield, Westmoreland earlier this month has been bail in the sum of $200,000 with one to three sureties.

Constable Rohan Bucknor, who is attached to the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, appeared in the town's Resident Magistrate’s court this morning where he was granted bail following an application by attorney-at-law, Herwin Smart.

Bucknor was today charged with the murder of his brother, Mark St. Patrick Bernard, by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

He was ordered to report to the Whithorn Police Station once per week, to  surrender his travel documents and a stop order was placed on him at all ports as conditions of his bail.

The policeman is scheduled to return to court on June 24.

It is reported that the deceased had identified the accused as the person who shot him on February 14.

INDECOM says it received reports that Constable Bucknor was visiting family in Hatfield when an argument over a SIM card developed between the brothers.

It says the argument reportedly escalated and the policeman fired a shot which hit his brother in the head killing him.

It was also reported that immediately after the incident, Constable Bucknor drove away from the house and later went to the Savanna-la-mar Police Station, where he turned himself in.

He was taken into custody and subsequently transferred to another police station.