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JFJ application against Delroy Hewitt refused

Published:Tuesday | October 30, 2012 | 2:34 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Justice Bertram Morrison has refused an application by Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) to quash the recommendation of the Police Service Commission (PSC) for Delroy Hewitt to be promoted from superintendent to senior superintendent.

In dismissing the application, the judge made no order as to costs.

JFJ through its attorney Richard Small, however, said that they would appeal.

The human-rights group had asked the court to find that the PSC acted unreasonably, because it refused to investigate several incidents of shootings and abuses arising from complaints allegedly made by residents against Hewitt and his team.

Attorney-at-law Richard Small had argued that although JFJ had asked the PSC to investigate the allegations, that was not done. JFJ contends that it was by way of the news media that it heard that Hewitt was promoted.

Attorney-at-law Lackston Robinson, who represented the PSC, had argued that the PSC did not have the power or authority to investigate matters, because it was not an investigating body.

Robinson had asked the court to dismiss the motion because JFJ failed to verify the complaints that Hewitt was guilty of misconduct.

Supreme Court Judge Bertram Morrison heard the final submissions in April and reserved his decision.