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Cop on murder charge granted $1.2 million bail

Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Police constable Caristobel Smith was yesterday granted bail in the sum of $1.2 million with sureties when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge.

The bail was granted by RM Georgiana Fraser following an application by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie.

Smith was ordered to return to court on November 4 when a preliminary enquiry will be held.

The policeman was arrested and charged Wednesday.

The charge stemmed from an incident on October 9, 2008 when 25-year-old Omar Marshall was fatally shot by the police on Blake Road in Kingston.

The police said a team was in the area and Marshall pointed a gun at them.

They further said the police party opened fire in defence and the man was subsequently shot.

A nine millimetre pistol with six rounds of ammunition was reportedly recovered from the scene.

However, residents claim that Marshall was unarmed when he was shot.

A post mortem report revealed that Marshall's body had nine gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, an arrest warrant has been issued for another policeman who has been implicated in the case.

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