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INDECOM collects more evidence in Red Hills fatal shooting

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it has now collected statements from alleged eyewitnesses in relation to Monday night’s shooting death of two brothers by the police off Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

INDECOM’s initial investigation was hampered yesterday by a protest by residents who were insisting that Gary and Sayoga Cooke were killed without reason.

Director of Complaints for Kingston and St Andrew Nigel Morgan says a team from INDECOM revisited the area yesterday afternoon after the residents ended their protest.

He says the team collected statements as well as forensic material and physical evidence to assist in the investigation.

Morgan says INDECOM will now assess the material collected and make a recommendation to the Director of Public Prosecutions if it finds that action is to be taken against the police personnel involved.

He says the hands of the police personnel involved in the shooting have been swabbed and they have been asked to provide INDECOM with statements by the end of today.

It had earlier been reported that Sayoga Cooke was giving his brother a ride to a friend’s house when they were stopped by the police, who enquired about their presence in the area.

Residents claimed that the police opened fire on Sayoga killing him and when his brother Gary made an attempt to run he was also killed.


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