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Cop testifies that main witness in 'death squad' trial was a gangster

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:06 PM

A senior police investigator today testified that the main prosecution witness was a gang member who had been arrested several times for extortion and other crimes.

Detective Inspector Balvey Thomas was giving evidence during cross examination by lawyers for the two policemen who are on trial.

Corporal Roan Morrison and Constable Collis Brown are on trial for murder and wounding with intent.

They were arrested and charged following an incident on February 13, 2010, in which 20-year-old Phaebian Dinnal was shot dead and another man injured.

Inspector Thomas, who was stationed at the May Pen Police Station at the time of the incident, said the Clarendon man who is the main prosecution witness was also being investigated for shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

He later clarified, during re-examination by prosecutors, that the man was never charged for extortion.

Inspector Thomas also testified that the Clarendon man was who he described as a foot soldier in a criminal gang.