Policeman charged for making a false statement to INDECOM
Police constable Michael Shakes has been charged with willfully making a false statement to mislead the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) in connection with a probe into a shooting.
Shakes was placed before the Westmoreland Parish Court, by way of summons, on Tuesday to answer to a charge of breaching Section 33 of The Independent Commission of Investigations Act, 2010.
The charge was a result of an investigation by INDECOM and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
INDECOM says it commenced an investigation into a road traffic accident resulting in a fatality in January 2015 along Spring Garden main road in Westmoreland.
It was reported that cops were conducting spot checks when the deceased was approaching the area on a motorcycle, and then turned around and proceeded in the other direction and eventually crashed.
Police personnel at the scene fired in the direction of the man on the motorcycle, according to INDECOM.
It said that during the investigation, Shakes denied discharging his firearm at the scene.
However, INDECOM says forensic evidence contradicted his account and confirmed that recovered cartridge casings from the scene were fired from a firearm issued to Shakes.
Shakes was therefore charged for willfully making a false statement to mislead the commission.
The matter was set for mention on November 2, 2021.
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