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Cops in Kamoza Clarke murder case face court July 29
The five policemen who were charged in connection with the death of Kamoza Clarke, from a beating he allegedly received while in police custody last October, are booked to appear before the Falmouth Resident Magistrate's Court on July 29.
District Constables Alwayne Eccleston, Desmond Lawrence, Tristan Turner and Onecko Brown, and Sergeant Derrick Henry had their bails extended when they appeared before the Clark's Town Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
They were given the new court date to allow their defence lawyers time to receive a number of documents from the prosecution.
Brown, Eccleston and Henry are charged with murder, Turner with wounding with intent, and Lawrence with neglect of duty, arising from allegations that they were involved in an attack on Kamoza Clarke, on October 20, 2013, while he was in the lock-up at the Falmouth Police Station. Clarke, who was said to be mentally challenged, died some four months later from his injuries.
Bail quashed for two Clarendon cops
A Court of Appeal judge has quashed the bail granted to two Clarendon-based policemen accused of extrajudicial killings.
Justice Hilary Phillips made the ruling in chambers yesterday, after hearing submissions from prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Terrence Williams, head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
INDECOM is challenging the bail offered to Sergeant Leeford Gordon and Constable Damon Robinson by Justice Glen Brown in the Supreme Court on May 22.
In allowing the appeal, Phillips ordered that a new bail application be heard by another judge in chambers at the earliest date available.
One of the complaints by INDECOM was that Brown did not take certain conditions into account.
INDECOM had opposed bail when the applications were first made in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on the grounds that Gordon and Robinson are among police personnel from Clarendon who are being investigated in relation to extrajudicial killings.
INDECOM had also cited concerns about witness interference.
Gordon and Robinson are charged with the murder of Marvin Shand on January 4.
NIS functions shut down until Monday
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security says it will be upgrading its computer system between today and Sunday.
As a result, it will not be able to issue National Insurance Scheme (NIS) cards, process claims or carry out NIS queries during this period.
The labour ministry says during the period, there will be no access to the computer system islandwide.
However, regular services should resume on Monday.