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Police no-show delays trial of accused Mtn View cop killers, judge furious

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 2:57 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Several police personnel this morning failed to attend court for the trial of nine men who allegedly ambushed and killed two policemen along Mountain View Avenue, St Andrew in May 2010.

The cops are among 14 witnesses prosecutors have lined up for the trial.

"The Crown is not ready to proceed because the witnesses who have been warned [to attend court] are not here," prosecutor Trishana Gray told presiding judge Justice Courtney Daye.

"They are mainly police witnesses. The [investigating] officer has warned them, but is having difficulty getting them here," Gray continued.

She explained that the police witnesses are stationed across the island and that it was difficult to directly contact them.

But that did little to assuage a fuming Daye.

"I don’t see that as insurmountable. They could be stationed anywhere in the world, that is not acceptable," the High Court judge lamented.

Gray further infuriated Daye when she requested that subpoenas be issued to compel the police witnesses to attend court.

"Subpoena what? And they are all in the [Jamaica Constabulary] Force. I am not issuing subpoenas for police officers. They are to be here," he insisted.

"I am more prepared to issue warrants, not subpoenas," Daye warned.

The case is to be mentioned on Wednesday and Daye urged the investigating officer who was present in court to speak to her superiors to ensure that all the police witnesses attend court.

Oswald Kemp, Dwyane Forbes, Omar Green, Linton Facey, Damion Williams, Nicholas Scott, Fitzroy Johnson, Kemar Williams and Horace Williams are each charged with two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of Sergeant Wayne Henriques and Constable Jason Davis on the eve of the May 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston.