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West Kingston Enquiry: I find your evidence suspicious — Simmons to cop

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons this morning told a senior police officer that he found his evidence suspicious.

The comment came after Superintendent Everton Tabannah testified about an encounter with residents of Tivoli Gardens who told him some "alarming stories".

Tabannah told the commission that in one instance a woman informed him that several men had been shot and killed after they demanded the monies they were promised to defend drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke.

However, Sir David intervened pointing out that information was not included in Tabannah's witness statement.

This triggered an exchange with attorney for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Deborah Martin.


Tivoli Commission Chairman, Sir David Simmons and before him, attorney for the JCF, Deborah Martin

The commission chairman said he was uncomfortable with the circumstances under which the evidence was being presented. 

He then told Martin to proceed and allowed the senior policeman to continue giving his evidence.

Subsequent to the verbal exchange, Sir David instructed Tabannah to furnish the commission with the woman's name and the address where the conversation took place, but the senior cop said he did not have the information.