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Published:Saturday | March 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM

PUBLIC DEFENDER Earl Witter has described as "remarkable" the fact that no member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who was involved in the shooting death of 16-year-old Vanessa Kirkland has been charged.

"What is remarkable is that there has so far been none," Witter said yesterday when asked whether he was expecting an arrest in the case.

Kirkland was killed on Tuesday night by members of the JCF on Norman Lane in Kingston.

The police say that Kirkland and five other people were travelling in a Suzuki Swift motor car when, on reaching the birthday party they were to attend on Norman Lane, they were approached by a team of police officers.

The police said the car was used during a robbery in Portmore and they had tracked the vehicle to the location.

"If any occupant of that vehicle was suspected of an offence, one might have expected to hear now of arrest, and/or notices put out regarding the identification of persons of interest, none of which has been forthcoming," the public defender said.

"There is no suggestion that anyone has gone into hiding," he added.

"Certain conclusions appear to commend themselves, but that is as far as I am prepared to go at this time because the investigations are continuing."

Kirkland, a student of Immaculate Conception High School, reportedly died on the spot while the other occupants, including a 14-year-old, were admitted at the Kingston Public Hospital with injuries.