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Statements on police handling of Irwin Point rape case submitted

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2013 | 7:35 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI), says it has sent statements to various state entities probing allegations of police misconduct in the investigation of the rape of five women in Irwin Point, St James last year.

CAPI says, Dennis Meadows, one of its co-convenors, submitted a statement following a request from the police, the Independent Commission of Investigations and the Office of the Public Defender.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington ordered a probe into the matter on July 29.

Meadows had claimed that photographs of the men were taken by the police and circulated days before a scheduled identification parade.

Public Defender Earl Witter, says he is yet to receive a formal complaint from the two brothers, Kerron and Sheldon Brissett, who were acquitted in the Irwin Point rape case.

However, Witter says he has held discussions with Meadows and Lambert Johnson, the lawyer for the acquitted men.

The men were freed last month in the Western Regional Gun Court after the complainants were unable to point them out in court.

Several months ago, it was revealed that DNA samples taken from the men did not match the ones at the crime scene.

Five females, including an eight-year-old girl, were taken from their home and raped in an open lot on September 24, 2012.


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