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Police High Command concerned about witnesses not being brought to court

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2013 | 9:33 AM

The Police High Command says it is concerned about the failure of some police personnel to locate witnesses for court.

In a statement from the Constabulary Communication Network, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says this action may result in criminals not being prosecuted.

Ellington comments came after Supreme Court Judge, Lennox Campbell, last week blasted police investigators involved in the murder case of St Catherine man Paul Brown.

Brown was convicted last Friday in the Home Circuit Court of the 2007 murder of Clayton Black.

When the case was called up last Wednesday police investigators told the court that the sole witness in the case could not be located.

Justice Campbell insisted that the matter will be tried and ordered that the witness be brought to court.

The witness was taken to court the following day.

The police commissioner expressed surprise that a murderer could have gone free had the judge not insisted that efforts be made to find the witness.

He has urged prosecutors to utilise his office when it appears rank and file members are being less than fully attentive to duty.


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