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Trial of policeman accused of killing pregnant St Thomas woman pushed back

Published:Monday | May 19, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The murder trial of a policeman charged with the 2012 shooting of a pregnant woman in St Thomas failed to get underway today.

It has been rescheduled for December 1.

Corporal Dwayne Smart has been in custody since September 2012 after being charged with the murder of Kay-Ann Lamont.

However, the case had to be put off today because the courtroom in which it was scheduled to take place was unavailable because of an ongoing murder trial.

Several other cases also had to be pushed back.

Meanwhile, the policeman’s lawyer, Valerie Neita Robertson has asked for three policemen to be subpoenaed to come to court as defense witnesses.

She has also asked for a civilian witness to be subpoenaed.

That witness, who is off the island, had reportedly submitted a telephone video of the incident.

The Crown is alleging that Lamont and Corporal Smart got into an altercation after he attempted to arrest her for using indecent language.

During the scuffle, Corporal Smart allegedly shot the pregnant woman twice in the head, killing her.

Corporal Smart then reportedly shot Lamont’s sister in the shoulder.


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