February trial for cops in Shrewsbury murder case
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The two policemen, who are facing murder charges in connection with the shooting deaths of three relatives in Westmoreland, last year, will stand trial on February 23, 2015, when they will return before the Trelawny Circuit Court.
Constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell are charged with the March 15, 2013 shooting deaths of brothers Andrew and Triston Brydson and their cousin Kingsley Green. They had their bails extended when they appeared in court yesterday, after presiding High Court Justice Jennifer Strawn was told that the lead investigator from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the witnesses in the case were absent.
"This is a matter that comes through INDECOM, and as such, this matter has a particular investigator, but the investigator had a difficulty in coming today. Also, the witnesses were not brought to court today," lead prosecutor Christine Johnson-Spence told Justice Strawn.
The court was also told that attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who is representing Campbell, was absent from court and had not given full instructions to Hines' lawyer, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, who represented both men in Champagnie's absence.
The Brydson brothers and Green were killed in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, by a police team which claimed the men had engaged them in a shoot-out. The police's account was hotly disputed by residents and relatives of the men, who staged several days of protest demanding justice.