Cop on murder charge granted $1.2 million bail
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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