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'Chucky' Brown trial postponed until Monday

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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The murder trial of Constable Collis “Chucky” Brown was yesterday postponed until next Monday due to the unavailability of the two last witnesses for the prosecution.

The constable, who has been in custody since 2014, is being tried for the alleged murder of Robert “Gutty” Dawkins on January 10, 2009, as well as the alleged double killing of Andrew Fearon and Wayne Douglas on December 13, 2012 — both in May Pen, Clarendon.

Constable Brown who is one of several police officers from the Clarendon Police Division who were arrested and charged for alleged extrajudicial killings in 2014, is also be tried on a charge of conspiracy to murder and wounding with intent.

Yesterday, lead prosecutor Queen's Counsel Caroline Hay, told Justice Vivene Harris in the Home Circuit Court — after calling the prosecution's last available witness and tendering into evidence five witness statements that were agreed with the defence — that the witnesses would not be available until Monday, resulting in the matter being postponed.

The only witness for the day, Kathrina Graham, a forensic examiner from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) testified that on December 24, 2012, she witnessed the post-mortemthat was done on the bodies of Fearon and Douglas at a funeral home in May Pen, and said two bullets were retrieved from Fearon's body.

She told the seven-member jury that the bullets, along with reference blood samples that were taken from the bodies of both men, were packaged, sealed and taken to INDECOM's head office in Kingston and placed in the forensic department.

Graham also testified that the bodies were identified by the sisters of the victims.

Among the statements agreed were the statements given by the victims' sisters and Douglas' mother who went to the observe the post-mortembut broke down in tears.

— Tanesha Mundle

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