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Cop walks free after 15-year legal ordeal

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 2:48 PMLivern Barrett

A police constable walked out of the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a free man this morning, 15 years after he was convicted for the fatal shooting of a wanted man during an operation.

Constable Glenroy McDermott was facing a retrial for the murder of Michael Dorsett, popularly known as ‘Buba’, in November 2000 after the Court of Appeal ruled in 2008 that his conviction be quashed.

However, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) announced in court today that it was offering no evidence against McDermott, given the history and vintage of the case.

“I feel like a brand new man, like the world come off a me head,” the police constable told The Gleaner outside court.

McDermott was convicted of non-capital murder in February 2006 after a seven-day trial in the Home Circuit Court. He was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Two years later, his attorney, Valerie Neita-Robertson challenged the conviction, arguing that the judge’s direction to the jury during the trial was inadequate.

She argued that the trial judge was under an obligation, in law, to have the jury consider the defence established by section 14 (2) (d) of the Constitution.

“In that the appellant [McDermott], a police officer, acting pursuant to his duty to apprehend a felon, used force resulting in his death,” argued Neita-Robertson.