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Death Squad Trial | Unavailability of witness stalls trial

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 4:07 PM

Nickoy Wilson, Gleaner Writer

The murder trial of the three Clarendon cops said to be involved in a police death squad stalled this afternoon as the prosecution was unable to proceed due to the unavailability of a handwriting expert.

The expert, who resides overseas, is expected to appear in court to determine the authenticity of three statements allegedly collected from a now-deceased witness, Christian Rhoden, by the Independent Commission of Investigations.

Lead prosecutor Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay informed the court that the witness would be available next Monday.

Hay had previously indicated to the court that she intends to make a special measures application to have the expert testify via video link, but this is yet to be done.

On November 27, the first evidential day of the trial, defence attorneys objected to the crown's request to adduce the witness statements into evidence citing that the signatures on the documents do not match.

Presiding judge Chief Justice Bryan Sykes agreed with the defence, saying that the differences in the signatures were obvious to his untrained eye.

Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, District Constable Howard Brown and Constable Carl Bucknor are being tried for September 5, 2011 murder of Andrew Bisson in the Corn Piece District in Hayes, Clarendon.

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