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Five cops charged in shooting of Alpha student

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force implicated in the shooting of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) have been granted bail on criminal charges.

The five appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.

Constables Damion Gillespie, Archibald Wright, and Warren Ramsay and Corporal Sean Abrahams were each granted bail in the sum of $500,000 with surety.

The fifth accused, Corporal Kirk Haye, was granted bail in the amount of $1 million.

In court, it was alleged that a spent shell recovered at the North Street-Mark Lane intersection where the shooting occurred matched a firearm assigned to Haye.

The five policemen are charged with wounding with intent and breaches of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Act.

INDECOM has accused the lawmen of failing to report to the body and to answer questions.

Haye and Abrahams are being represented by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, while Gillespie, Wright, and Ramsay are being represented by attorney Althea Grant.

Parish Judge Simone Maddix has ordered the men to return to court on July 21.