Mon | Feb 18, 2019

Early adjournment in Vanessa Kirkland murder trial

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 4:35 PM

Nickoy Wilson, Gleaner Writer

The trial of the three cops charged with the 2012 murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland adjourned abruptly today following a disagreement between presiding judge Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick and prosecutor Kathy-Ann Pyke.

While questioning Independent Commission of Investigations investigator Katherina Graham at the trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, Pyke sought to have a compact disc containing at least 300 photographs admitted into evidence.

She told the court that she would go through some of the photos.

Lawrence-Beswick questioned the relevance of all the pictures.

"Have you tried to agree on what is relevant? We have so many versions of the same thing," said Lawrence-Beswick, pointing out that on Monday the Crown went through similar photographs.

Pyke responded, "What more must the Crown do?"

But the presiding judge, who appeared to be annoyed by the remark, insisted that the defence identify the specific photos that will be used in its case.

She also said that she cannot allow the CD into evidence if only a fraction of the photos would be shown to the jury.

Not being able to come to a consensus, Lawrence-Beswick adjourned the trial until tomorrow.

Police Constables Anna-Kay Bailey, Durvin Hayles and Andrewain Smith are being tried for March 20, 2012 murder of Kirkland along Norman Lane in Kingston.

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