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Cops in Shrewsbury shootings to appear in court today

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2013 | 7:38 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Police constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell are to appear in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court today in relation to the murder of three men in Shrewsbury Westmoreland.

Twenty-eight-year-old firefighter Andrew Brydson, his brother, 24-year-old Triston Brydson and their cousin, 38-year-old Kingsley Green were shot and killed on March 15 during what the police said was a shootout.

The Director of Public Prosecutions ruled yesterday that Hines and Campbell be charged with the murders.

They have been off front-line duty since the controversial shooting.

It is understood that the policemen have retained Attorney-at-Law Peter Champagnie to represent them.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which probed the case, said the police indicated that a team was on patrol in Shrewsbury when they received a report that gunmen were at a shop in the area.

It was further reported that they then proceeded to the shop and on entering the establishment a man was seen with a gun in his hand, which he allegedly pointed at a policeman.

The policeman reportedly opened fire, shooting the man who fell to the ground.

It was also alleged that the other two men opened fire on another policeman at the scene, who returned the fire hitting both men.

The police allegedly recovered two firearms from the scene.

However, residents disputed this account claiming that the men were killed in cold blood.

Days of protests were mounted by angry residents who called for the cops involved to be held accountable.


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