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Witness tells court ... Cop confessed to murdering 14-year-old

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A prosecution witness yesterday told the jury in the Jhaneel Goulbourne murder case that 24-year-old police Constable Rushon Hamilton confessed to him that he shot 14-year-old schoolgirl.

He said the confession was made when he and Hamilton were cellmates at a police station lock-up in November 2008.

The witness said Hamilton told him that he abducted the girl from her gate and placed her in a van. He said Hamilton told him that he placed the girl in a boat at sea, tied her up and then shot her. The witness said Hamilton also confessed to him that he tied a concrete block to the body and dumped it at sea.

He said he and Hamilton were in the cell for several days. The witness said Hamilton gained his confidence and that was the reason the confession was made.

Hamilton has been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since last week Monday for the girl's murder.

sexual assault

The Crown is alleging that Hamilton sexually assaulted the girl on October 4, 2008 at the Elletson Road Police Station. A report was made to the police and a few weeks later, the girl was abducted by gunmen while standing at her gate in Harbour View, St Andrew.

The gunmen forced her into a minibus and the girl has not been seen since.

Attorneys-at-law Valerie Neita-Robertson and Peter Champagnie, who are representing Hamilton, will cross-examine the witness when the trial resumes today.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert is presiding at the trial in the Home Circuit Court.