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'Chucky' Brown Trial | Witness testifies how 'special' police squad covered up alleged killings

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:54 PM

The Home Circuit Court this morning heard that murder accused police constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown is said to have told the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) how the alleged extrajudicial killings by the 'special' police squad were covered up.

"He said they ( 'special' police squad members) would bring guns and would plant them. They would make up their evidence back at the station (May Pen) with the CIB (Criminal Investigations Branch) to ensure that their stories were the same and would explain shootings," Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM Hamish Campbell testified at the trial this morning.

"It was an arrangement with the same CIB officers who would deal with the shootings and it would be the same CIB officers who would supply all of the guns," Campbell said.

The assistant commissioner said Brown told him during a meeting on August 10, 2013, that the team used two methods of carrying out the alleged killings.

The court was told that 'squad members' first began operating as rogues but, due to suspicions being raised, they decided to conduct their activities as uniformed members of the police force.

"Undercover shootings were being suspected to be committed by police officers undercover and so they decided to revert back to an overt police team," Campbell said while indicating that Brown told him that the orders came from a senior cop who supplied the resources to the 'special' police squad.

Brown is indicted on five charges stemming from the January 10, 2009 murder of Robert 'Gutty' Dawkins along the Palmer's Cross main road in Clarendon and the 2012 murders of Dwayne Douglas and Andrew Fearon along the Swansea main road, also in the parish.

He is also facing a charge of conspiracy to commit murder and wounding with intent in relation to the Crown's second witness who testified last Thursday that he was shot in the right leg during the gun attack in 2009.

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