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Investigation to be launched into Westmoreland motorcyclist's death

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 1:36 AM

The Police High Command has instructed the Inspectorate of the Constabulary to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a motorcyclist in the Springfield area of Westmoreland on Wednesday.



This is in light of the recent protests in several communities in the parish.

Dead is 23-year-old labourer of Mooreland Hill in the parish, Kemar Powell.



Reports are that about 10:30 p.m., lawmen were conducting a Vehicular Check Point when Powell was signaled to stop; he allegedly did not comply, lost control of the motorcycle and collided into a utility pole.



He was taken to hospital where he was being treated, however, he succumbed to his injuries on Friday, January 30.



Residents in the community dispute these claims and allege police involvement in Powell’s death.



The Police High Command has expressed condolences to the family and residents for their loss.



However, it says protests must be done in a peaceful and orderly fashion in accordance with the law.



The matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).



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