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Defence casts doubt on witness in Boulevard trial

Published:Friday | November 9, 2012 | 11:12 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Defence attorneys in the Boulevard murder trial have raised questions about the memory of a prosecution witness who testified today.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Victor Barrett and Constables Louie Lynch and Paul Edwards are charged in relation to the murder of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan.

Walters and Duncan disappeared from a plaza along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew in 2004.

The witness told the court this morning that on the afternoon of December 23, 2004 he saw two men being placed in a red Honda motorcar which was parked at the plaza.

He said a Corporal Lawrence Clayton was one of two cops who placed the men in the car.

He also testified that it was bright and sunny and nothing was blocking his view.

But defence attorney, Debra Martin, who is representing Edwards, noted that the witness had made contradicting statements to the police.

The witness admitted that on December 29 he gave a statement that Corporal Lawrence Taylor was light skinned, while on January 7, he said Clayton was dark skinned.

But the witness insisted that his December statement was accurate as the events were fresh in his mind at that time.

Defence attorney Valerie Neita Roberston says the memory of the witness had also been called into question when Clayton was tried in the Corporate Area resident Magistrate’s Court in relation to a false imprisonment charge.

She suggested to the witness that he had a poor memory, but he denied the suggestion.

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