Tivoli Enquiry sittings for 2014 to end next Friday
Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons says the enquiry’s sittings for this year will end next Friday.
Simmons updated the commission at the start of third day of proceedings this morning at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
And he has asked the lawyers in the enquiry to submit proposed dates for the enquiry to resume next year.
The enquiry is scheduled to finish in three month's time but the chairman indicated on Monday that that timeline may not be met given the large number of witnesses to appear.
In the meantime, the enquiry’s fourth witness, Troy Palmer testified this morning that residents barricaded entrances and exits to Tivoli in May 2010 to protect who he called ‘God’.
He made the admission while being cross-examined by the lawyer for the Jamaica Defence Force, Linton Gordon.
However, further questions from the lawyer suggested that the witness may not have properly understood the questions.
In the lead up to the security forces’ operation in Tivoli to arrest Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on May 24, 2010, residents and alleged thugs loyal to Coke, blocked all entrances and exits to the community.
Throughout his testimony, Palmer recounted how a member of the JDF placed a rifle on his shoulder and walked behind him as he searched for other persons in his home.
He says later two soldiers used their weapons to destroy the lock on one of the two shops he operated in the community and went inside and drank water.
Palmer, who operated two shops in the community, complained that throughout the incursion he lost over $1.3 million in goods from his business places and personal items that were in his home.
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