Man killed by cops shot twice while on his back, court told
Aforensic expert yesterday testified that two of the four shots received by the man who was allegedly killed by three policemen in Hayes, Clarendon, were fired while he was lying on his back.
The man in question, Andrew Bisson, was killed in his one-room house in Corn Piece District, Hayes on September 5, 2011, during a police operation.
It is alleged that he was part of a group at a garage when three law enforcers — Corporal Kevin Adams, Constable Carl Bucknor, and District Constable Howard Brown — took him inside the house and killed him.
Yesterday, during the murder trial of the three policemen in the Home Circuit Court, Dr Rohan Ruwanpura, the Government pathologist who had performed the post-mortem on Bisson’s body, testified that the victim was shot four times; once in his left ear, once in the abdominal area, and twice in the region of his chest.
However, Dr Ruwanpura told jurors that based on his examination, the victim would have received the first shot in his abdominal area, which would have caused him to crouch, hence the second shot would have hit him in his left ear and the last two shots would have been fired while he was on his back after falling to the ground.
When asked to elaborate on how he had arrived at that assessment, the doctor explained that when an individual is shot while lying on a hard surface, blood is unable to exit the wound in a straight manner. Instead, it flows in typical type exit, which is well-known in forensic medicine.
The jurors were also told that Bisson would have died within minutes after receiving the gunshot to his left ear, which had damaged his skull, and that based on how quickly he had died, there had been passive bleeding.
But earlier in the proceedings, lead prosecutor Caroline Hay disclosed that two hollow point bullets that were retrieved from the victim’s body did not match any of the firearms of the three policemen, including Brown’s licensed firearm which he had in his possession on the day of the incident and had surrendered for testing.
She also stated that two additional bullets that were found on the scene did not match any of the policemen’s weapons.
Hay pointed out that two spent shells that were recovered had matched the service pistols of Adams and Bucknor. The court however heard last week that the Independent Commission of Investigations is trying to locate those two spent shells.
Inspector Balvy Thomas, who was then a sergeant at the May Pen Police Station where the men were assigned, during cross-examination from Brown’s attorney, Dwight Reece, said that hollow point bullets are not issued by the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
He also testified that a firearm was recovered from Bisson on the day he was killed.
During further cross-examination from Ravil Golding, one of Adams’ lawyers, Inspector Thomas testified that a returning resident was murdered in Clarendon a few days before the incident with Bisson and that on the day of his death, police were involved in a shootout with men in relation to the returning resident’s murder.
The trial is to continue today before Chief Justice Bryan Sykes.