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Cops in police academy shooting bail extended

Published:Wednesday | March 19, 2014 | 8:04 AM

The bails of the three policemen charged in relation to the death of a colleague at the Police Academy in Twickenham Park last year were extended when they appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

When the matter was called up the court was informed that the statement from a handwriting expert is still outstanding.

Sergeants Craig Vassell and Christopher Mattis and Corporal Bruce Martin were ordered to return to court on April 17.

Martin is charged with manslaughter and five counts of unlawful wounding relating to five other police personnel injured during the training exercise.

He was also charged jointly with Mattis for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Vassell was charged with manslaughter.

The deceased, Constable Ricardo McKenzie was shot and injured during a training exercise at the academy on January 30, 2013.

He died at hospital while being treated.

Blank bullets should have been issued for the exercise, but instead, live ammunition was used, resulting in the death and injuries.

An investigation was launched by the Independent Commission of Investigations, which resulted in the arrest and charge of the accused.


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