DPP takes over case involving St Catherine man allegedly killed by cop
The nation’s chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn has stepped in and taken over the controversial case of the policeman who has been accused of fatally shooting a man in Point Hill, St Catherine earlier this year.
Detective Constable Shawn Pennington was re-arrested today for the fatal shooting of Rishane Oliver, 29, and placed before the St Catherine Circuit Court on a voluntary bill of indictment.
Pennington was first arrested and charged with murder by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) one day after the February 24 incident in which Oliver was shot multiple times.
However, during a hearing in the St Catherine Parish Court last Tuesday, a judge declined to make an order for him to be committed to stand trial in the circuit court.
The Parish Court judge declared that INDECOM is not authorised to bring a charge of murder against Pennington, citing the landmark judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal last month.
However, law enforcement sources said days after the decision of the Parish Court judge, Llewellyn, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), ruled that there is sufficient evidence for the case to be put to a jury.
According to sources, the DPP then issued the voluntary bill of indictment, taking the case from the Parish Court and placing it directly before the circuit court.
Pennington was granted bail in the sum of $800,000 and ordered to surrender his travel documents to the police when he appeared before the St Catherine Circuit Court today.
According to INDECOM, Oliver was shot shortly before 11:00 pm along the Pusey main road in Point Hill.
Before he succumbed to his injuries, Oliver reportedly gave a friend and police personnel transporting him to hospital the alias name for his attacker.