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JFJ welcomes Alligator Pond convictions

Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says yesterday's conviction of two policemen for the January 2010 Alligator Pond murder brings much needed closure to the tragic incident.

Detective constables Tyrone Findlay and Constable Leonard Lindsay were yesterday found guilty of the shooting death of Anthony Richards.

They are to be sentenced on Friday.

According to the JFJ, the verdicts provide a measure of accountability for the crime.

It Is reported that on January 1, 2010, Richards and another man, Roshane Dixon, were at the Alligator Pond beach when they were approached by the two policemen.

It is further reported that the cops had a brief conversation with the men and later opened fire on them.

Findlay shot Richards three times and Lindsay shot Dixon twice.

Dixon testified at the trial that 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.

In their defence, the two accused former policemen said they acted in self defence after they were attacked by the men.

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