Judge to be­gin sum­ma­tion to­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PRE­SID­ING JUDGE Jus­tice Vivene Har­ris will be­gin her sum­ma­tion to­day at the Home Cir­cuit Court in down­town Kingston as the trial for mur­der ac­cused Con­sta­ble Col­lis ‘Chucky’Brown nears its end.

Brown is be­ing tried for the 2009 mur­der of Damoy (Robert) ‘Gutty’ Dawkins and the 2012 mur­der of Dwayne ‘Mur­der­ous’ Dou­glas and An­drew ‘Sugar’ Fearon. He is also fac­ing one count of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der and one count for wound­ing with in­tent.

Yes­ter­day, de­fence at­tor­ney Nor­man God­frey con­tin­ued to in­sist that the con­flict­ing ac­counts in re­la­tion to the death of Dawkins put for­ward by the pros­e­cu­tion re­mained un­re­solved.

Go­drey con­tends that the pros­e­cu­tion’s wit­ness said that Brown emerged from a sta­tion wagon be­fore al­legedly killing Dawkins along the Palmer’s Cross main road in 2012. But in Brown’s ac­count in the Au­gust 10, 2013, in­ter­view, he was the driver of a white Probox mo­tor car on the day of the shoot­ing.

“This high­lights the dif­fer­ent ver­sions be­ing put for­ward, and clearly, both can­not be true,” God­frey said.


He in­sisted that in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from his client by the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (INDECOM) was given on the ba­sis of prom­ises made to him by the agency.

“It is my view that it would be rea­son­able to in­fer that what­ever is con­tained in that doc­u­ment (Au­gust 10, 2013, in­ter­view tran­script) whether true or false, would have been ob­tained based on the prior in­duce­ment held out by INDECOM to the ac­cused,” God­frey said.

He told the jury that the ac­count of the Crown’s wit­ness, who tes­ti­fied to be­ing a po­lice in­for­mant, must be dis­be­lieved.

“Will you take the tes­ti­mony of an ad­mit­ted mer­ce­nary over that of the ac­cused, who has served self­lessly?”God­frey asked.

He said that the pros­e­cu­tion was also pre­sent­ing two ver­sions of the De­cem­ber 13, 2012, in­ci­dent in which Dou­glas and Fearon were killed, with no clear in­di­ca­tion as to which one is the truth.

The at­tor­ney said that based on the ev­i­dence, the pros­e­cu­tion must re­turn a not-guilty ver­dict.

“We are not seek­ing any sym­pa­thy or spe­cial treat­ment. All we are say­ing is on the to­tal­ity of ev­i­dence placed be­fore you, it would be con­trary to jus­tice to re­turn a ver­dict other than not guilty,” God­frey said to the jury.

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