Thursday 9 April, 2020

Bail for cop accused of fatal shooting of man in back during chase

A police constable who was last year accused of killing a man during a reported foot chase in Clarendon, was on Thursday offered bail in the sum of $2 million.

The policeman, Constable Ricardo Porter, who was represented by attorneys Peter Champagnie QC  and Richard Lynch, was offered bail when he appeared in the Clarendon Parish Court in May Pen.

Allegations are that the police officer shot and killed a man, identified as Princeton Johnson, otherwise called ‘Benji’, while pursuing him on foot.

Further allegations are that the man was shot in his back.

The policeman, through his attorneys, asserted that he discharged his firearm only when he saw the now deceased man spinning around towards him and reaching for his waist.

It was also argued that the policeman acted in self-defence, and that he fully co-operated with police investigators. 

The accused constable is to return to court on March 30.

The charges against the policeman arose from a ruling from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) several weeks ago.

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