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Kamoza Clarke murder case hits snag

Published:Wednesday | July 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

The five policemen charged in relation to the alleged murder of Kamoza Clarke, who reportedly died as a result of a brutal beating at Falmouth Police Station in Trelawny, had their bails extended when they appeared in court yesterday.

Sergeant Derrick Henry and district constables Alwayne Eccleston, Desmond Lawrence, Tristan Turner and Onecko Brown will appear in the Clark's Town Resident Magistrate's Court on September 24, when the case will again come up for mention.

The policemen were given the new court date and new venue after the court was told that documents pertinent to the case were still outstanding.

Brown, Eccleston, and Henry are charged with murder, Turner with wounding with intent, and Lawrence with neglect of duty, all arising from allegations that they were involved in the October 20, 2013 attack on Clarke while he was in the Falmouth Police Station lock-up.

Clarke, a former high-school football star who had become mentally challenged, died four months after the alleged beating.

"The copies of a DVD were to be served on defence counsel. However, the officer thought it was the 30th [of July]," Clerk of the Court Stephanie Edwards told presiding magistrate Ruth Lawrence yesterday.

"We have two statements outstanding, as well. One is from ACP Bishop Gary Welch, the officer in charge of the Jamaica Constabulary Force training branch, and the other from the Falmouth Police Station, regarding the security of the CCTV footage," Edwards added.