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INDECOM says inspector should not be charged for killing colleague in Hanover robbery

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 5:46 PM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has concluded that police inspector Wayne Jacobs should not face criminal charges in relation to the fatal shooting of Constable K’mar Beckford at a bar in Hanover on April 4 last year.

However, it has recommended that one member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force face disciplinary action for failing to preserve the crime scene and directions issued.

In a statement this afternoon, INDECOM said the evidence indicated that Beckford was shot dead while committing aggravated robbery at Lorna’s Bar and Grill in Hopewell, Hanover.

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Jacobs, who was a patron in the bar, engaged Beckford.

The inspector was shot three times and a woman shot once.

However, he managed to shoot Beckford, killing him.

Although INDECOM has concluded that Jacobs should not be criminally charged, it has recommended that the matter be referred to the Coroner’s Court for a determination as to whether an inquest is necessary.