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Man acquitted of murder at Portmore fish fry

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 4:03 PM

Jason Cross, Gleaner Writer

Kimani Brown, who was accused of the October 2013 killing of a man at a fish fry in Portmore St Catherine, was today acquitted of murder in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice V. Harris upheld a submission of a no case submission which was put forward by Brown’s attorneys Tom Tavares Finson Q.C. and Donahue Martin Jr.

The basis of the submission from the defence rested on issues of identification and circumstantial evidence.

The court was told that about 1:30 a.m. on October 27, 2013 gunmen entered a fish fire that was in progress in Portmore and opened fire hitting two men.

They were taken to hospital where one of the men identified as Oyuki Beckford succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.

According to the prosecution, an off duty policeman who was at the event saw Brown in the company of another man who was walking with a firearm in his hand shortly after the shots were heard.

But the court accepted that there was nothing to link Brown to the murder based on the claim that he was seen in the company of a man with a firearm in the general vicinity of the shooting.