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INDECOM probes beating of high-profile inmates

Published:Monday | February 27, 2012 | 2:14 PM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), has launched a probe into the alleged assault of five high-profile inmates by soldiers at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

INDECOM said the complaint was made in a letter tendered in the Supreme Court.

Reputed Clansman leader Tesha Miller,Dog Paw gang man, Christopher Linton, convicted Gideon Warriors leader Joel Andem, Kevin Tyndale alias Richie Poo and Michael McLean, who is charged with the 2006 murder of six family members in St Thomas, have all complained of being assaulted by soldiers.

According to INDECOM, the letter of complaint tendered in the Supreme Court, was signed allegedly by the five inmates.

INDECOM said the inmates reported that at different times on or about January 29, 2012, they were assaulted by Jamaica Defence Force personnel in Security Post 11.

INDECOM says the letter of was complaint was forwarded to its offices along with a note from Diane Jobson the attorney for Christopher ‘Dog Paw’ Linton.

The incident was officially reported to INDECOM on February 15, but the investigative agency never released details about the matter until today.

It coincides with a Gleaner story that Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke, the brother of extradited crime lord Christopher Dudus Coke was beaten by soldiers last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, INDECOM says upon receiving the reports about the five inmates it immediately assigned investigators to probe the allegations.

According to INDECOM, at this time, medical journal entries are being sought to find out the injuries sustained by the inmates.

Additionally, INDECOM investigators have reportedly applied for medical certificates for the complainants who were taken to other medical facilities to determine the injuries they suffered.

INDECOM said statements are to be collected from JDF personnel, who were allegedly involved in the incidents and video surveillance tapes covering the vicinity of the incident are also being sought.