Tough road for cop cases - No convictions in police murders this year

Published: Friday | December 11, 2009

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

Despite several arrests, no suspects implicated in the murders of 11 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force since January have been convicted.

According to police investigators, in some cases, the killers remain on the run or the matters are still before the courts.

"It takes a while for the cases to go from preliminary to trial," said Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, who was explaining the reason there had been no convictions in the cases of police killed this year.

Hinds stressed that detectives probing the cases of slain police personnel were facing the same challenges they do with other homicide cases.

The failure of witnesses to come forward and give statements was just one of the examples of problems Hinds cited.

Investigating at least four

The Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) team has been asked to investigate at least four of the cases.

A spokesperson at the unit yesterday disclosed to The Gleaner that investigations into the death of Special Constable Richard Hamilton were well advanced. The constable was killed along Woodpecker Avenue, St Andrew, on January 5.

"One man was arrested and the matter is before the court," the spokesperson said.

Despite there being no arrests in the case of Sergeant Rudolph Morris, who was killed at a bar on Eastwood Park Road, St Andrew, on July 5, the police said the investigations were progressing smoothly.

The MIT spokesman said 98 per cent of the investigation into the murder of Woman Corporal Georgette Colleymore, who was gunned down on August 19 in St Andrew, had been complete.

The lawmen said they were close to making a breakthrough in the case of Constable Delroy Brown. He was killed in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew, on October 22.

Updates on other cases

  • Constable Kevin 'Metro' Tulloch, killed on May 8 in Winter's Pen, St Catherine: One man held and the matter is currently before the court.
  • Constable Marlon Samms, killed in Linstead on May 23: Two men are being sought.
  • Constable Dwayne Chisholm: One man held. The matter is before the court.

The Gleaner was unable to get updates on the cases of Constable Petro Swaby who died on June 10 in Longville Park, Clarendon, and Special Corporal Anthony Simpson and Constable Steve Brown.

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