Shrews­bury mur­der case resched­uled to Feb 20

Jamaica Gleaner - - LIONS IN ACTION - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: ONSTABLES KEN­ROY Hines and Da­mane Camp­bell, the two po­lice­men charged in con­nec­tion with the 2013 shoot­ing deaths of three male rel­a­tives in Shrews­bury, West­more­land, are to make their next ap­pear­ance in the Trelawny Cir­cuit Court for trial on Fe­bru­ary 20 next year.

CHines and Camp­bell, who are charged with the mur­ders of broth­ers An­drew and Tris­ton Bryd­son and their cousin Kings­ley Green, were given the new court date and had their bails ex­tended when they ap­peared in court at Dun­cans, Trelawny on Mon­day, as the case was to be as­signed to a new pros­e­cu­tor.

It was dis­closed that the re­as­sign­ment was to take place be­cause the pros­e­cu­tor who pre­vi­ously had con­duct of the mat­ter was out­side of the ju­ris­dic­tion.

The de­fence at­tor­neys for the two po­lice­men were also ab­sent from Mon­day’s proceedings, fur­ther ne­ces­si­tat­ing the trial’s reschedul­ing.

START PRE­VENTED

On at least five past court dates, as far back as March 7, 2014, the trial of Hines and Camp­bell has been pre­vented from start­ing due to sev­eral fac­tors, in­clud­ing the ab­sence of at­tor­neys, de­spite the pros­e­cu­tion’s readi­ness to be­gin.

The Bryd­son broth­ers and Green were killed in Shrews­bury, West­more­land, on March 15, 2013 by a po­lice team which claimed the men had en­gaged them in a shoot-out.

How­ever, the killing of the three rel­a­tives, who were in­flu­en­tial mem­bers of their com­mu­nity, sparked sev­eral days of protest across Hanover, West­more­land and St El­iz­a­beth, by res­i­dents and rel­a­tives of the men, who strongly dis­puted the po­lice’s ac­count of the shoot­ing and de­manded jus­tice for their deaths.

The de­ceased men, all mem­bers of a com­mu­nity church choir, had been de­scribed by res­i­dents of Shrews­bury as “the very best of the best” and en­vi­able role mod­els.

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