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'Livity' Coke to know fate on May 7

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

Leighton 'Livity' Coke, brother of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who is charged with illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent, will know his fate on May 7 when he returns to the Gun Court.

Yesterday, Supreme Court Judge David Fraser, who is presiding at the trial, put off the case to consider the verdict.

Coke has been in custody since July 2010.

Attorneys Carolyn Reid-Cameron and Chukwuemeka Cameron, who are representing Coke, have argued that he should be freed because of several discrepancies and inconsistencies in the Crown's case.

The charges stemmed from the unrest in west Kingston in May 2010. It is being alleged 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.

In an unsworn statement from the dock, Coke 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.

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.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com