Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator
THE POLICEMAN who allegedly shot and killed Constable Metro McFarlane during a controversial incident in downtown Montego Bay in January 2010 has been charged with murder.
Constable Sheldon Farquharson of the St James Police Division was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 when he made his first court appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
The presiding judge and acting senior RM for the parish of St James, Sandria Wong-Small, scheduled the preliminary enquiry into the matter for September 22 to 24, 2012.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) handed down the ruling in the two-year-old controversial matter about a week ago.
McFarlane was on suspension from the Island Special Constabulary Force for almost a year at the time of his death.
An article published in The Gleaner stated that McFarlane tried to apprehend a pickpocket who had robbed a tourist at a restaurant on Harbour Street. While he was chasing the thief from Harbour Street on to St James Street, he reportedly fired a warning shot in the air from his licensed firearm.
A plain-clothes policeman who was recently transferred to the tourism capital accosted McFarlane. Several shots were fired, and McFarlane was shot in the chest and foot.
It is said that the cop wept bitterly after realising that he had fatally shot one of his own colleagues. However, eyewitnesses at the scene said they heard when McFarlane identified himself as a member of the force before he was shot.