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West Kingston Enquiry: Superintendent recounts processing of more than 60 bodies

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 1:42 PM

A police Superintendent this morning recounted being part of a team that processed 65 bodies three days after the May 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens.

Gladys Brown Ellis told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning that 42 of those bodies were examined, photographed and tagged by a police team on May 26, 2010.

Brown Ellis says they were among 54 bodies transferred from the Kingston Public Hospital to the Madden's Funeral Home a day earlier.

She says eight were taken to another funeral home because Madden's had ran out of space and four that were badly decomposed were sent to the May Pen cemetery for an on-the-spot post-mortem.

The Superintendent says the following day she went to the May Pen Cemetery where she saw 23 bodies waiting to be processed and post mortems conducted.

Brown Ellis testified that at one point during the process, the team came under heavy gunfire inside the cemetery.


Superintendent Gladys Brown Ellis

The commissioner of the enquiry, Sir David Simmons then intervened.

He pointed to evidence before the tribunal that by May 27th the security forces had control of Tivoli Gardens to the extent that a team led by then Public Defender Earl Witter was able to tour the community.


Tivoli Commission Chairman, Sir David Simmons

Brown Ellis testified that by July 10 a total of 73 bodies were processed. 

She says to date, Five bodies remain unidentified.