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Ex-cop convicted of killing 14-y-o teen faces possible death penalty

Published:Monday | December 17, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

Former police constable Rushon Hamilton faces the possibility of the death penalty when he returns to the Home Circuit Court today, to be sentenced for the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl, Jhaneel Goulbourne.

Hamilton was found guilty by a 12-member jury in October.

At that time, the prosecution said it would be seeking to have the court hand down the death penalty.

During the trial several prosecution witnesses testified that while they were in custody with Hamilton, he confessed that in 2008, he shot the teenage girl and dumped her body at sea.

However, the former policeman denied the allegation in his unsworn statement.

The crown had argued that Goulbourne was sexually molested on October 4, 2008, at the Elletson Road Police Station in Kingston.

It further said that a report was made to the police on October 10, 2008 and the girl subsequently went missing from her home in Harbour View, St. Andrew.

It is alleged that she was standing at her gate when she was taken away.

Hamilton was initially charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault of the teen.

However, a murder charge was added after the child disappeared.

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