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MoBay cops on murder rap get December 12 court date

Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:The two police officers who are charged in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Montego Bay resident Dujean Robinson are set to return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on December 12, as the prosecution's case file is incomplete.

Constables Surano Bird and Meseck Palmer, who were charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) following Robinson's death, were given the return date when they appeared in court on Wednesday.

Killed in Mount Salem

The allegations against the officers are that on November 7, 2013, Robinson was shot dead by members of a police team who were conducting an operation in Mount Salem, Montego Bay.

Following witness reports that Robinson had been arrested and then shot by the police, and that he was unarmed at the time of his death, INDECOM subsequently arrested and charged Bird and Palmer.

On Wednesday, clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that several documents were outstanding from the prosecution's case-file.

"There are a number of documents outstanding, and the investigating officer is in the Trelawny Circuit Court," said Malcolm.

The court was also told that the officer had some documents that were to be served to attorney-at-law Morrel Beckford, who is part of the defence team representing Bird and Palmer.

"I asked counsel (Beckford) not to accept any documents, because we need to know what we are serving," said Malcolm.

"Any documents to be served are to be served on the clerk of court," Tie noted in response.

The case was subsequently set for mention on December 12.

- Christopher Thomas