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Two cops charged with murder of Westmoreland man

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 4:17 PM

Two more members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Constables Duan Barrett and Sasamarley Barrett, who are both attached to JCFs Fugitive Apprehension Unit, have been charged with murder.

INDECOM says the cops are charged with the murder of Westmoreland resident, Michael McKenzie.

The accused cops appeared in court this morning and were each offered $300,000 bail with one to three sureties.

They were ordered to surrender their travel documents and stop orders were placed on them at all ports.

The matter is set for mention on June 21.

Allegations are that about 4:30 on the morning of August 11, 2014, a police team went to premises on New Road in Westmoreland to serve a warrant.

It is reported that the team went into McKenzie’s room and they were greeted with gunfire.

The police said the fire was returned and McKenzie was shot and killed.

A firearm was allegedly recovered.

INDECOM subsequently launched a probe into the incident.