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Attorney in 'death squad' trial warns about exposing accused persons to an 'unsafe verdict'

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 10:54 AM

The attorney for one of the policemen before the court in the so-called death squad trial has cautioned that the court should seek to ensure that an accused person is not exposed to what he calls an unsafe conviction.

The warning by Norman Godfrey, the attorney for Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown, came in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

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

They were arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations following a shooting incident in May Pen, Clarendon on February 13, 2010 in which 20-year-old Phaebian Dinnal was killed and another man wounded.

Yesterday prosecutors closed their case in the three-week-old trial and Godfrey is presenting legal arguments to persuade presiding  judge, Justice Jennifer Straw to dismiss all charges against his client.

He questioned whether a reasonable jury that is properly directed, could arrive at a verdict adverse to Constable Brown based on the evidence presented.

He warned that a tribunal of law should be mindful that an accused person is not exposed to an unsafe verdict.

Godfrey will complete his submissions tomorrow before Corporal Morrison’s attorney Vincent Wellesley makes a similar application on behalf of his client.

Prosecutors will then respond.