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Cops in controversial academy shooting receive bail extensions

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 3:21 PM

The three policemen facing criminal charges in connection with the death of one of their colleagues during a training exercise at the Jamaica Police Academy in Twickenham Park St Catherine have received extensions to their bails.

They appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning.

Twenty-one-year-old Constable Ricardo McKenzie, who was attached to the Mobile Reserve, was killed in the training exercise in January last year.

Sergeants Craig Vassell is charged with manslaughter while Sergeant Christopher Mattis and Corporal Bruce Martin are charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Clerk of Court Nicole Kellier told the court that there were still outstanding documents in the case.

As a result it was adjourned until January 15 next year.

It is alleged that McKenzie was a part of a team of police personnel doing specialised training.

During this exercise live rounds were loaded in the M16 Rifles being used in the exercise instead of blanks and McKenzie and five of his colleagues were shot.


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