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DPP rules that cops in Vanessa Kirkland killing should be charged with murder

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 4:15 PM

The Director of Public Prosecution has ruled that three constables should be charged with the March 2012 murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland and the injury of six other civilians.

The DPP says the cops should also be charged with wounding with intent.

The names of the constables have been withheld pending charge.

In a statement a short while ago, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) said the DPP has also recommended that the matter be committed directly to the Home Circuit Court, by way of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment.

INDECOM said it received the ruling today and has advised the Jamaica Constabulary Force for it to arrest the constables.

“This is being done due to the fact that the power of an INDECOM investigator to lay charge is being reviewed by the courts,” an INDECOM spokesperson said.

“The Commission had undertaken not to lay any charges until the court had completed its ruling.”

The file on the shooting of Kirkland and the others was submitted to the DPP on February 15, 2013.

The police report on the shooting received by INDECOM had stated that the incident began in Portmore following the robbery of a cell phone.

The victim of the robbery was allegedly assaulted before the perpetrators sped off in a blue Suzuki Swift motor car.

The citizens reportedly gave chase with the police but lost the motor car in which the alleged robbers were traveling.

The incident was broadcast over the police radio network and shortly after, the car was allegedly spotted along Washington Boulevard.

The police said they followed to car to Norman Lane where a shooting occurred during which the car was shot up with the occupants inside.

This happened at a section of Norman Lane where a birthday party was in progress on the road.

It was later discovered that Kirkland had been killed and the other six people injured.


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