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Police constable freed of murder

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A JURY deliberated for three hours earlier this week and freed police constable Othniel Holness of the murder of Jason McKenzie, of Mount Moriah, St Ann.

McKenzie was shot and killed in his yam field near to his home on September 2, 2008.

Supreme Court Judge Horace Marsh presided at the trial, which lasted two weeks in the Home Circuit Court.

McKenzie's death had sparked a massive demonstration by residents in Mount Moriah.

Holness was stationed at the Cave Valley Police Station, St Ann, at the time of the incident.

The prosecution led evidence that McKenzie was unarmed when he was shot in the back of the head.

Holness, who was represented by attorney-at-law Oswest Senior Smith, said he acted in self-defence.

He said McKenzie attacked him with a machete because he was trying to arrest him for a ganja spliff.