Sum­ma­tion in ‘Chucky’ trial starts to­day

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

JUS­TICE Vivene Har­ris, who is pre­sid­ing in the mur­der trial of Con­sta­ble Col­lis “Chucky” Brown, will to­day be­gin her sum­ma­tion to the six-mem­ber jury in the Home Cir­cuit Court.

Con­sta­ble Brown, who has been in cus­tody since Jan­uary 2014, is be­ing tried on three counts of mur­der in con­nec­tion with the Jan­uary 10, 2009 death of Robert “Gutty” Dawkins and the killing of An­drew Fearon and Dwayne Dou­glas on De­cem­ber 13, 2012. He is also be­ing tried on charges of wound­ing with in­tent and con­spir­acy to mur­der.

Yes­ter­day, the de­fence team, com­pris­ing at­tor­neys Nor­man God­frey, Vin­cent Welles­ley and Althea Free­man, com­pleted their clos­ing ar­gu­ment to the jury.

Lead at­tor­ney God­frey, dur­ing his fi­nal ad­dress to ju­rors, re­it­er­ated that the Crown has failed to prove its case against Brown.

“Not a sin­gle drop, not a bit of ev­i­dence has been put be­fore you to al­low you to come to any con­clu­sion,” he said.

The lawyer fur­ther told the ju­rors that his client is “still cloaked in in­no­cence as he had walked in on the first [day] and sat in the dock”, and that he was not ask­ing for their sym­pa­thies or any spe­cial treat­ment.

He also again em­pha­sised to the jury that the Crown had pre­sented com­pet­ing the­o­ries in re­spect of the dif­fer­ent charges.

“The pros­e­cu­tion has placed a case be­fore you and has asked you to dis­be­lieve the very case that they have placed be­fore you. That is what I see hap­pen­ing.”

He then pointed to the dou­ble mur­der, upon which the pros­e­cu­tion’s case is based, on ev­i­dence that was gleaned from Brown’s in­ter­view with the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (INDECOM), which in­di­cated that the hit was an or­der from Brown’s su­pe­rior, and based on the ev­i­dence from the po­lice in­for­mant, was done be­cause Dou­glas had dis­re­spected Brown’s boss and dons.

“So, Mr fore­man and your mem­bers, like you, I am won­der­ing which ver­sion to be­lieve. Was it a le­git­i­mate op­er­a­tion or a per­sonal vendetta?” God­frey asked.

He fur­ther pointed out that the pros­e­cu­tion has found it­self in a predica­ment based on the num­ber of dis­crep­an­cies in the case.

“Every­where yuh turn macka jook yuh,” God­frey said.

He told the ju­rors, too, to re­ject the tes­ti­mony given by the po­lice in­for­mant as he was not cred­i­ble, and that they should not be­lieve his words over the words of Brown, who has “self­lessly” served his coun­try for 15 years as a mem­ber of the se­cu­rity force.

“I am sure if Ju­das was around, Ju­das would have ap­plied to him for a job; I am pretty con­fi­dent. That’s the kind of per­son he is,” God­frey told the ju­rors.

God­frey, be­fore clos­ing, told the ju­rors that it is the Crown that must prove its case, but it has failed to present qual­ity ev­i­dence.

There­fore, he said, “It is for you, good cit­i­zens of this land, of this par­ish, to send a strong mes­sage to the func­tionar­ies, INDECOM, that has brought Mr Brown here, that the process must be prop­erly pur­sued.”

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