Tuesday 15 October, 2019

‘Chucky’ Brown sentencing postponed again

The sentencing of disgraced, convicted police Constable, Collis 'Chucky' Brown, has been delayed for a second time in the Home Circuit Court.

The ‘death squad’ officer, who was convicted last November of three counts of murder and one count each of conspiracy to murder and wounding with intent, was first scheduled to be sentenced on December 20.

However, that was postponed until January 3.

The latest delay arose because the Christmas session of the court came to a close on Wednesday.

For his crimes, Brown is facing up to life imprisonment.

He was one of 16 cops from Clarendon who were charged with murder as part of a so-called death squad that allegedly operated out of the parish between 2009 and 2012 on the instructions of the then commanding officer for the parish, and with the full knowledge of the Police High Command, the trial was told.

The case, which was brought by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel Caroline Haye, had the nation spellbound for two months as Brown, in his own words (on video), detailed the alleged activities of the squad that reportedly carried out extrajudicial killings and planted guns on their victims, who were said to have been suspects in serious crimes.

Evidence against the victims was then allegedly concocted with the help of personnel from the Clarendon Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Specifically, Brown was convicted of the 2012 double murders of Dwayne Douglas and Andrew Fearon on the Swansea main road in Clarendon, and the murder of Robert ‘Gutty’ Dawkins on the Palmer’s Cross main road, also in Clarendon, in 2009.

Prior to his conviction, Brown was acquitted of another alleged murder, for which he was charged alongside another constable from the parish.

Since his conviction, three other cops from the so-called death squad have been acquitted of murder charges, with two going free, while one remains in custody for trial on other murder counts.

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