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Kraal trial - Jamaican Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields admits 'briefing' trial witnesses
published: Saturday | November 26, 2005

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

JAMAICAN DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Mark Shields admitted under cross-examination yesterday in the Kraal case that he was reprimanded by a judge in England for "trespassing over the line of propriety in the wrong way".

He admitted that in the judgment it was stated that four witnesses "have been briefed on matters which are to be raised in the course of the defence and all briefed in the presence of each other."

Defence lawyer Valerie Neita- Robertson had shown the judgment to DCP Shields after he denied under cross-examination that he had done a similar briefing with Crown witnesses in the case of Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams and the five policemen charged with the murder of four civilians at Kraal, Clarendon on May 7, 2003.

The trial began on October 31 and so far 24 witnesses have testified for the Crown.

EVIDENCE REJECTED

On being questioned further on the judgment which was handed down in March 2000 by Justice Warrick McKinnon at Chemsford Crown Court in England, DCP Shields admitted that the judgment read "It did him ( Shields) no credit to deny that his evidence in another case had been rejected by the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and that the court was satisfied that observation logs which had been compiled by him had been fabricated ex post facto or compiled at least ex post facto"

The judge commented further in the case that the briefing of the witnesses "was to give the witnesses of fact an advantage. I do not accept the evidence Detective Chief Inspector Shields that it did not."

CYNICAL AND ARROGANT

The judge said it was cynical and arrogant for Shields to assert "I can see nothing wrong with it, so what."

The judge said "Here I am quite satisfied that Detective Chief Inspector Shields has trespassed over the line of propriety on to the wrong side ".

DCP Shields said that, while he was Deputy Superintendent at Scotland Yard in 2003, he was asked by Allan Brown of the Metropolitan Police to come to Jamaica to assist with the investigation in relation to the incident at Kraal.

He arrived in Jamaica on May 23, 2003 and commenced investigations with officers from Scotland Yard as well as police officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Photographs which DCP Shields took at Kraal were tendered in evidence yesterday.

RECORDED CONVERSATION

He said under cross-examination that he spoke to Bashington Douglas, alias 'Chen Chen' on one occasion but he did not interview Douglas.

He admitted being present on an occasion when Sergeant Q. Facey made arrangements to call SSP Adams.

He admitted connecting the telephone and cassette for the recording of the conservation.

He then handed the telephone to Facey and the conversation between Facey and Adams was recorded.

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