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Protest in Yallahs Square over not-guilty verdict in Lamont killing

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:20 PM
Relatives of Kayann Lamont with placards in Yallahs this morning - Shanna Monteith photo

Several people this morning gathered at the Yallahs Square in St Thomas to protest the not-guilty verdict of police corporal Dwayne Smart.

On Tuesday, Smart was freed of the murder of Kayann Lamont, who was eight months pregnant at the time she was killed.

Smart was also freed of wounding with intent in relation to her Lamont's sister, Novia.

Both women were shot by Smart in Yallahs square in September 2012.

In his defence, the policeman told the court that his gun went off accidentally.

The shooting arose out of a dispute when Smart attempted to arrest Kayann for using indecent language.

Holding placards this morning, upset residents and family members called the verdict unfair.

A cousin of the Lamont sisters said the family is also disappointed by the lack of support from the Government, state agencies and human rights organisations.


A cousin of Kayann Lamont at a protest in Yallahs

The family members say they will continue to protest until they get justice.

They also want support for Lamont's children.