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Murder trial for soldiers in Keith Clarke case again postponed, ninth time

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 3:17 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The trial of the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers accused of killing businessman Keith Clarke was today delayed for a ninth time.

 

 

Lance Corporals Greg Tingling and Odell Buckley along with Private Arnold Henry are facing murder charges arising from Clarke's death in 2010.

The case is scheduled to again be mentioned on March 3.

Clarke was shot and killed inside his Kirkland Heights home in St Andrew during an operation, which according to the security forces, was aimed at capturing then fugitive drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The trial was listed for today as priority in the Home Circuit Court and Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, said her office is ready to proceed.

However, the trial was postponed because Henry was unable to attend court.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but High Court judge Jennifer Straw instructed that it be stayed until the next court date.

Henry's attorney Linton Gordon told the court that his client was unable to attend court because he is under quarantine.

According to Gordon, Private Henry's illness is linked to the mystery virus that left more than 80 soldiers ill last December.