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I was unarmed when I was shot – prosecution witness in 'death squad' trial

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 2:08 PM

The main prosecution witness in the so-called police death squad trial this morning testified that he was unarmed on the day he was shot by police Constable Collis Brown.

Constables Brown and Roan Morrison are on trial for murder and wounding with intent.

The witness, whose name is being withheld, testified that Constable Brown, also known as Chucky, was the aggressor on the day of the shooting.

Responding to questions from prosecuting attorney, Ann-Marie Fuertado-Richards, the witness insisted that he did not have a gun either in his hands or waistband.

Yesterday, the witness testified that he was walking along Windsor Road in May Pen when a Toyota Probox motorcar stopped beside him.

He said the back door opened and a man he identified as Constable Brown pointed a long gun at him and told him several times to get on his knees.

The witness said he refused to comply.

The witness said Constable Morrison then emerged from the front passenger side of the car with a long gun pointed in the air and stared at him.

He said Constable Brown told him two more times to get on his knees and he again refused.

The witness said he was shot and testified that Constable Brown came out the vehicle and placed his foot on his head.

He said he heard two more explosions and later saw the body of another man lying in the street.

Constables Brown and Morrison were arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) arising from an incident in May Pen, Clarendon on February 13, 2010 in which Phaebian Dinnal was shot and killed and another man suffered gunshot wounds.