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Main prosecution witness to continue testimony in 'death squad' trial

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 2:22 AM

The main prosecution witness is to continue giving evidence today in the first trial of the so-called police death squad cases.

Police Constables Roan Morrison and Collis Brown, also known as ‘Chucky’, went on trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston yesterday for murder and wounding with intent.

They were charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations following an incident in May Pen, Clarendon on February 13, 2010 in which Phaebian Dinnal was shot and killed and another man suffered gunshot wounds.

Yesterday the main prosecution witness, whose name is being withheld, gave a detailed account of how he was shot and identified Brown as the shooter.

The Manchester man used a rag to wipe away tears and was allowed to compose himself as he recounted how Brown pointed an M-16 rifle at him from the back seat of a Toyota Probox motorcar before a loud explosion sounded.

According to his testimony, the explosion sounded after Brown ordered him to get on his knees and he refused saying he had done nothing wrong.

He said he knew Constable Brown because he had seen him several times in the May Pen area, including at the May Pen Police Station.

The witness testified that Brown had a tam with two holes in it over his head at the time of the incident, but insisted that the policeman’s face was not covered.

He said he fell to the ground and heard two more explosions before seeing the body of another man lying in the street.

Brown and Morrison have pleaded not guilty.