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Shields tells court he negotiated for cop in Boulevard case

Published: Wednesday December 5, 2012 | 10:37 am Comments 0
Former deputy commissioner of police Mark Shields - file photo.
Former deputy commissioner of police Mark Shields - file photo.

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Former Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields has admitted that he and a senior police officer had discussions with the Director of Public Prosecutions, for the crown's main witness in the Boulevard murder trial not to be charged.

Shields made the admission under cross examination during his third day on the stand at the trial.

Assistant Superintendent Victor Barrett, Corporal Louie Lynch and Constable Paul Edwards are on trial for the 2004 murders of Kemar Walter and Oliver Duncan.

Shields, who was being cross-examined by defence lawyer Valerie Neita Robertson said the lawyers for the witness, were aware that their client wanted to co-operate.

Shields said the lawyers told him personally that they were aware of their client’s intention.

The former DCP said when he apprehended the witness on May 21, 2009, he was a suspect in the case.

Shields further said he was one of two persons who negotiated on behalf of the witness, who was also a cop and then the Police Commissioner was informed.

According to Shields, the notes in relation to the discussion and negotiations were not disclosed but he insisted that the talks were not done in secret.

Shields agreed that the offer not to prosecute the witness means that the witness would now have an interest to serve.

It was put to Shields that it was after a series of Gleaner articles in 2009 that the case was resurrected and the ex-deputy commissioner agreed.

Questioned whether he or anyone else told the witness that he would not be charged if he were prepared to testify for the Crown, Shields said no.

But questioned if he or anyone else had asked the DPP not charge the former cop so that he could be used as a witness, Shields said yes.

The Crown is alleging that Oliver Duncan and Kemar Walters were killed on December 23, after they were taken from a plaza along the Washington Boulevard.

The trial will resume on Friday.

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