Case of cops in Kamoza Clarke beat­ing de­ferred to De­cem­ber 1

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Christopher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE CASE against five po­lice­men who were charged fol­low­ing the death of Kamoza Clarke after he was beaten while in po­lice cus­tody in 2013 has been pushed back to De­cem­ber 1 to al­low the de­fence lawyers time to pe­ruse the doc­u­ments for the up­com­ing hear­ing.

District con­sta­bles Al­wayne Ec­cle­ston, Onecko Brown, Des­mond Lawrence, and Tris­tan Turner, and Sergeant Der­rick Henry, who are all charged in re­la­tion to Clarke’s death, were given the new re­turn date and had their bails ex­tended fol­low­ing their lat­est ap­pear­ance at the Trelawny Parish Court in Fal­mouth yes­ter­day.

Pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate Ruth Lawrence gave the new date after at­tor­ney-at-law Ron­ald Par­ris, who is part of the de­fence team rep­re­sent­ing the five cops, asked for time to re­view the ev­i­dence bun­dle, which had been pro­vided by the pros­e­cu­tion.

“I only re­ceived the hard copy of this bun­dle two weeks ago, and, after go­ing through the doc­u­ments, I am ask­ing for a short ad­journ­ment of at least two weeks to en­sure that ev­ery­thing is in or­der,” said Par­ris.

Henry, Ec­cle­ston, and Brown, who are charged with mur­der in con­nec­tion with Clarke’s death, will un­dergo a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing when the case re­turns to court on De­cem­ber 1.


Lawrence and Turner, who are charged with ne­glect of duty, will have their case men­tioned on that date.

The five po­lice­men were charged aris­ing from al­le­ga­tions that they were in­volved in an at­tack on Clarke, who was badly beaten while in cus­tody at the Fal­mouth Po­lice Sta­tion on Oc­to­ber 20, 2013.

Clarke, who was men­tally chal­lenged, fell un­con­scious and went into a veg­e­ta­tive state fol­low­ing the beat­ing, and he later died at hos­pi­tal in Fe­bru­ary 2014. His death sparked national out­cry, in­clud­ing con­dem­na­tion from hu­man rights ad­vo­cates.

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