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Victims supporter betrayed by police actions

Published:Sunday | March 23, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Trelawny's victim support coordinator has expressed feelings of betrayal after a mentally ill man who was beaten to a vegetative state by the police died as a result of his injuries.

Reverend Owen Watson says he feels betrayed by the actions of the police that allegedly resulted in the death of Kamoza Clarke.

Clarke, who was believed to be experiencing a mental breakdown, was beaten into a vegetative state at the Falmouth police station last October and succumbed to his injuries last month.

The four members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) who were implicated are facing charges of wounding with intent, but those charges are expected to be upgraded.

Reverend Watson says he feels betrayed that persons who have been given the responsibility to serve, reassure and protect, acted outside that responsibility.

The result, he says, is the premature end to the life of someone who could have made a significant contribution to nation building.


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