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'Livity' Coke pleads not guilty

Published:Friday | March 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

IN AN unsworn statement from the dock which lasted for more than an hour on Wednesday, Leighton 'Livity' Coke, brother of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, said he was innocent of the charges brought against him.

He said he was not in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston, on the day the police said he fired shots at them.

A defence witness testified that Coke was at his home for the entire day when he was accused of shooting at the police.

The witness was cross-examined by the prosecutor when the trial resumed yesterday in the Gun Court.

Arrested since july 2010

Coke is charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm and has been in custody since July 2010. The charges stemmed from the unrest in West Kingston in May 2010.

After court adjourned, the accused was examined by a doctor in the courtroom. This is as a result of a report last month that Coke was one of several prisoners who were allegedly beaten by soldiers at the Horizon Remand Centre.

He is being represented by attorneys Carolyn Reid-Cameron and Chukwuemeka Cameron.

The Crown is alleging that the accused Coke fired at the police when his brother, Dudus, was being sought by the police. The police had a warrant to execute on his brother in relation to a request from the United States for his extradition.

Coke waived his right to an extradition hearing and was sent to the United States. He pleaded guilty to racketeering and assault charges and is to be sentenced at a later date.