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West Kingston Enquiry: Existence of 'hero gangsters' cemetery in Tivoli revealed

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:53 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A retired senior police officer has revealed that there is a cemetery in Tivoli Gardens referred to as 'Heroes Park' which is reserved for the burial of respected gangsters.

Retired Senior Superintendent Delroy Hewitt testified before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning that he is certain that Mark Coke, otherwise known as Jah T, and Jim Brown, the former reputed leader of the Shower Posse, are buried there.

The testimony came as Hewitt, who served two stints as head of the West Kingston Police, provided a history of the Tivoli Gardens Gang, the enormous influence it wielded and the culture of silence among residents that aided its activities.

He testified that drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke ruled the west Kingston community with an iron fist aided by a culture of silence among residents.

He said the penalty for breaching the principles laid down by him was death.

Hewitt acknowledged that most of the residents in Tivoli Gardens are decent, law abiding persons, but asserted that they are trapped in a situation where they have to follow the status quo.