Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The trial of the three policemen charged with the murder of 20-year-old Kemar Walters and 44-year Oliver Duncan, continued yesterday in the Home Circuit Court with the prosecution's main witness denying suggestions that he was beaten to give a statement in the case.
The witness, who is a former cop, admitted he received a wound to his head while in custody in May 2009. He explained that he was playing football outside the cell block when he hit his head on a metal cross beam. He said he was treated by a nurse.
The witness said a lawyer who was representing him at the time had seen the injury.
Cross-examined by defence lawyer Valerie Neita Robertson, the former cop denied the suggestion that his testimony was as a result of bargaining his way out of problems he had when he was taken into custody.
The former cop was asked under cross-examination if while he was at the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) he was investigated for 63 pairs of shoes that were seized but he said "never".
The witness said he was never held with an AK47 rifle and was never suspected of gunrunning.
He admitted that while he was in the force he was taken to the City Centre police station because he intervened in an argument his sister had with some special constables. He was asked if he knew that five weeks after he was taken to the station, Corporal Mullings who was stationed at that station was shot and killed but he said he did not know.
One fatal shooting
He said he was only involved in one fatal shooting while he was in the police force and he did not remember the name of the person who was killed. He said he was attacked and he had to receive counselling.
Assistant Superintendent Victor Barrett and Constables Paul Edwards and Louie Lynch are on trial for the double murder. The Crown is alleging that the men were taken away by Edwards, Lynch and a third policeman. It is further alleged that Barrett covered up the incident when it was reported to him.
The Crown is alleging that Walter and Duncan were taken away by policemen from a plaza along Washington Boulevard, St Andrew on December 23, 2004. It is further alleged that the men were taken away after they were found in possession of a stolen blue Honda CR-V. The men have not been seen since.