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Did police release killers of Corporate Area businessman minutes after murder?

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 3:42 PM
The bullet-riddled Mercedes Benz in which the businessman was travelling when he was shot up - photo via Twitter @TelevisionJam

Damion Mitchell, Integration Editor

The Police High Command has launched a top-level investigation to determine why the police personnel who intercepted the suspected killers of Corporate Area businessman Richard Ramdial released them minutes after they were held.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says he has ordered the cops implicated in the matter to provide statements detailing the sequence of activities and their actions.

Ramdial, travelling in his dark blue Benz SUV was shot dead by two gunmen on Ruthven Road on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m.

The gunmen then reportedly boarded a white motor vehicle that headed south on Ruthven Road but was soon after intercepted on Balmoral Avenue by cops assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

Powell says the vehicle was stopped after the police control broadcast a radio transmission detailing the getaway car and its licence plate number.

So why then did the cops release the men and the vehicle?

"That is why are investigating," Powell told The Gleaner a short while ago.

However, he said, at the time, the cops were satisfied that the men were clear, having searched them and checked their hands for gun powder residue.

Powell says he expects to have the statements from the implicated cops over the weekend.

In the meantime, the assistant commissioner said investigators have been instructed to enquire whether any closed-circuit television footage of the murder scene is available.

He also says investigators have been tasked to find the registered owner of the vehicle.