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Manchester man charged with murder of police corporal

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 10:32 AM
Smith ... was attempting to foil a robbery along Manchester Road on October 27, when he was shot in the upper body.

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer 

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:
A 22-year-old Manchester man has been charged with the murder of police corporal Melvin Smith. 

Smith, 38, was shot dead last month as he sought to accost a robber.

The police say the accused, Kemar Bennett otherwise known as Sparta, of a Settlement address, was last night charged with murder, three counts of robbery with aggravation and one count of shooting with intent.

He was earlier pointed out during an identification parade.

A court date is yet to be set.

Meanwhile, Bennett is to face another ID parade in connection with a separate murder also committed in Manchester.

According to the head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, the accused is also being investigated for another robbery in the parish. 

About 8:15 p.m. on October 27, Corporal Smith, who was attached to the Community Safety and Security Branch, was attempting to foil a robbery along Manchester Road when he was shot in the upper body.

He returned fire but his attackers fled the scene.

The policeman was rushed to the Mandeville Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.