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Constable on assault charge for court Wednesday

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 5:59 PM

The police constable being investigated in connection with the shooting death of woman Corporal Judith Williams is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court next Wednesday on an assault charge.

That’s according to his attorney Peter Champagnie who revealed this afternoon that the 27-year-old Constable who was based at Jamaica House has been charged with assaulting his female companion nearly one year ago.

However, Champagnie was critical of police investigators and questioned the sincerity and propriety of the assault charge.

Noting that his client was a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Champagnie questioned why it took investigators a year to charge him.

He also questioned whether investigators were using the assault charge as a basis for the continued detention of his client.

Corporal Williams was shot several times as she walked along Bray Street in east Kingston and died at hospital a day later.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds says investigators have not yet confirmed a motive for the killing.

He says the Kingston East Police, who are leading the investigations, are examining all theories.

The assurance comes amid reports that the slain Corporal had taken legal action against another member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force arising from a dispute over a motor vehicle.

Hinds noted that several theories have been brought to the attention of investigators and says none of them have been ruled out.