Three cops to be sentenced April 5

Three cops to be sentenced April 5

Friday, February 15, 2019

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THE fate of three police constables who were last week found guilty of manslaughter for the 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland will be decided on April 5.

The sentencing date for constables Durvin Hayles, Anna Kay Bailey and AndreWain Smith, who were all assigned to Mobile Reserve, was scheduled yesterday in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

The trio who was arrested and charged with murder in May 2013 was last Friday found guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter following their five-week trial, which started in January.

The prosecutor, during the trial, led evidence that the teenager, who was a student of Immaculate Conception High School, was killed in March 2012 after the three police constables drove on to Norman Lane some time after 9 o’ clock on the night of the incident and opened fire on a blue Suzuki Swift motor car parked along the left side of the road.

Six other occupants in the car were shot and injured in the incident.

The defence team, which included attorneys Peter Champagnie, who represented the two males accused, and Oswest Senior Smith, who represented the woman cop, argued that the defendants were acting in self-defence when they fired on the car.

The defence maintained that the police went in pursuit of the vehicle after they were put on alert that occupants of the car had robbed a man of his cellphones and during the pursuit two men fired at them from the car and they took evasive action and fired back.

— Tanesha Mundle

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