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DPP challenges INDECOM to seek judicial review on Kentucky Kid matter

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has challenged the head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to seek judicial review of her office’s handling of the Kentucky Kid murder case if he feels she erred in ending the case.

The three policemen and two civilians charged in relation to the death of Kentucky Kid whose real name was Robert Hill, were freed earlier this month.

The DPP had told the Home Circuit court it would be impossible to mount a viable case against Corporal Uriel Anderson and Constables Gary Thomas and Norval Warren and the two civilians, Marvia Morgan and Donovan Brown.

However, INDECOM has reported the DPP’s office to the parliament saying there was ineffective prosecution of the case.

INDECOM insists there was enough evidence to put before a jury even if there were no eyewitnesses.

Furthermore, it says the DPP’s decision to allow a formal verdict of not guilty to be entered, instead of a nolle prosequi to halt the proceedings indefinitely, means the case cannot be reopened.

But speaking on Nationwide News Network this morning, the DPP insisted it would have been professionally corrupt for her to continue the case or enter a nolle prosequi.

And she says if INDECOM Head Terrence Williams is convinced he is right in the matter he should move to have a judicial review of her decision.

Meanwhile, Williams, who was also speaking on Nationwide this morning, stated that the DPP acted in manner which prevents reversal of her decision.

Hill was reportedly killed after three policemen were dispatched by a senior officer to retrieve an illegal firearm from him at Ivy Green Mews on December 8, 2009.

Following a probe into the incident, the DPP had ruled that no one should be criminally charged and referred the matter to the Coroner’s Court for an inquest to be carried out into the circumstances surrounding Hill’s death.

In August, a coroner’s jury ruled that all five accused be charged with murder.


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