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Cops in abduction-murder case to know fate next Monday

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Two policemen could know next Monday whether they will walk free from accusations that they abducted and murdered two men from a St Andrew Plaza in 2004.

Corporal Louis Lynch and Constable Paul Edwards were ordered to stand retrial last January after a jury failed to return a verdict.

They have denied killing the men.

Assistant Superintendent Victor Barrett, who was charged jointly with them, was acquitted.

When the case came before the Home Circuit Court this morning, prosecutor Yanique Gardner asked that the matter be adjourned until next week when an assessment will be made as to whether the Crown will proceed with the case.

She says in the first trial, the prosecution called 24 witnesses, six of whom came from overseas.

She adds that it cost the Government about $20 million to bring them in.

Gardner says on Monday the prosecution will assess the viability of proceeding with a retrial.

Bail was extended for the two accused cops.

Attorney-at-law Deborah Martin represents Edwards while Lynch is represented by Valerie Neita-Robertson

The Crown is alleging that 20-year-old Kemar Walters, of Kitson Town, St Catherine and 45-year-old Oliver Duncan, of Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11 were abducted from Washington Plaza, along Washington Boulevard on December 23, 2004.

Walters and Duncan were allegedly shot to death after being taken from the plaza.

The bodies have not been recovered.


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