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JFJ disappointed with Kentucky Kid murder case discontinuation

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Parliament is being urged by one human rights group to act on the report of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on the discontinuation of the Robert 'Kentucky Kid' Hill murder case.




INDECOM submitted its report to parliament on Friday in which it said the case was ineffectively prosecuted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).



Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is expressing disappointment at the DPP’s decision to allow the jury to enter a formal verdict of not guilty against Corporal Uriel Anderson, Constables Gary Thomas and Norval Warren, and two civilians, Marvia Morgan and Donovan Brown.



JFJ was instrumental in bringing the Kentucky Kid case to public attention and has been pressing for justice for the deceased man.



The DPP has insisted that it would have been impossible to mount a successful prosecution of the case as there was insufficient evidence.



She cited, among other things, the lack of eyewitnesses; that forensic data showed that Hill had gunpowder residue on both hands; and the inability of the prosecution to challenge the accused persons’ claim that they acted in self defence.



However, JFJ spokesman, Horace Levy, says the human rights lobby group believes the DPP should have instead entered a nolle prosequi, which would leave the opportunity for the matter to be further investigated and brought before the court in the future.



Last week, INDECOM put forward the same position in its report to Parliament.



Levy insists there were enough grounds for the case to continue and it wants parliament to seriously look at the INDECOM report.



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 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 Hill’s murder.



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