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Cops on murder charge for court December 4

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 5:28 PMShanna Kaey Monteith

The murder case against the two police constables charged with the 2010 murder of St Thomas resident Daine Hope is to be heard in the St Thomas Circuit Court on December 4.

The date was set today when Constables Kevin Thomas and Lascelles Dunkley, who were out on bail, appeared before the St Thomas Parish Court.

The court ruled that a prima facie case was made out against them, paving the way for the case to proceed in the circuit court.

The policemen were each offered fresh bail of $2 million each.

They were also ordered to report to the police three times per week and a stop order was again placed on them.

It is alleged that Thomas, Dunkley and a third Constable, Moses Donald, went to Hope's house to execute a search warrant and while there he allegedly pointed a gun at them.

The cops said they took evasive action and opened fire hitting Hope, who died from his injuries.

However, relatives accused the cops of killing him in cold blood.

Relatives had said he was shot dead by the cops while hiding in a barrel inside his house after he pointed a weapon at them.

Following the shooting, a barrel which had the man’s blood on it was discovered floating in the Yallahs Pond. 

The cops were subsequently arrested and a file was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which ruled that they should be charged.

Constable Donald was freed last week Tuesday after his attorney made a no-case submission.