Two Manchester cops found guilty of 2010 Alligator Pond murder
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Two policemen have been convicted in the Manchester Circuit Court for the January 1, 2010 murder of 27-year-old mason, Anthony Richards, at the Alligator Pond Beach in Manchester.
Former detective constables Tyrone Findlay and Leonard Lindsay are to be sentenced on Friday by Justice Martin Gayle.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, commended prosecutors, Brodrick Smith and Orrette Brown, for the professional manner in which they handled the complex case.
The Crown led evidence that on the day of the incident, Richards and another man, Roshaine Dixon, were on the beach.
The two policemen walked pass the men on the beach then turned back and pointed guns at them.
The men were searched and a knife taken from Dixon.
Dixon, who worked at a restaurant in Alligator Pond testified that he carried the knife to and from work.
He said the policemen asked him and Richards several questions.
The court was told that Findlay shot Richards three times and Lindsay shot him Dixon twice.
Dixon said he fell to the ground and pretended to be dead.
He further testified that while lying on the ground he felt a knife being placed into his hand.
Dixon said he subsequently raised an alarm and was assisted to hospital for treatment.
In their defence, the two accused former policemen said they acted in self defence.
They told the jury that they were attacked and they opened fire hitting the men and a gun was recovered.
The New Year’s Day shooting had led to a mass protest in the South Manchester fishing village during which residents damaged the Alligator Pond Police Station and other properties.
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