X6 mur­der ver­dict fair

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - ZAVIER SIMP­SON za­vier_simp­son@hot­mail.com

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: SIM­I­LAR TO the Trayvon Martin case in the United States, so is the up­roar of sen­ti­ments and dis­ap­point­ment in the ac­quit­tal of the in­fa­mous X6 mur­der case in Ja­maica. Like many oth­ers who paid close at­ten­tion to the events lead­ing up to the trial, I, too, was root­ing for a guilty ver­dict. This stance was merely on my moral and emo­tional feel­ings.

How­ever, as the case went on, I started to see how eas­ily the pros­e­cu­tion’s case would fall apart. It all started with the tar­nish­ing of the vic­tim’s char­ac­ter, to the tes­ti­mony of the main wit­ness. I got a to­tally dif­fer­ent pic­ture painted from what I orig­i­nally as­sumed, based on me­dia head­lines.

I had the im­pres­sion that this was a clear sit­u­a­tion where a rag­ing, ar­ro­gant, elit­ist de­cided to flex his power and wealth in tak­ing dis­ad­van­tage of the poor, over lux­ury and van­ity.

Even­tu­ally, this view be­gan to shat­ter as more de­tails started to emerge in the case. I was left with the im­pres­sion that a car was, in­deed, hit by the taxi. How­ever, I was not get­ting any an­swers be­yond a shadow of a doubt whether the ve­hi­cle be­longed to the ac­cused, or if he was, in fact, the shooter.

None­the­less, I think the jury had no other op­tion than to ac­quit the de­fen­dant, as the pros­e­cu­tion, in my view, had a very un­con­vinc­ing case, and the de­tec­tives did a very shoddy or lazy job in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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