Cop accused of murdering higgler found ‘not guilty’
A police constable who fatally shot a higgler who he said he believed was reaching for a gun in his waistband, which turned out to have been a drink bottle, was freed of a murder charge recently.
The cop is 37-year-old Mark Grant.
The prosecution led evidence in the Home Circuit Court that on the night of June 16, 2010, Devon Delliser of Norman Road in East Kingston was shot and killed.
Evidence was given that in their encounter, the cop ordered Delliser to put his hands in the air, but he was then shot with a bullet from the officer's M16 rifle.
The policeman's defence was that after Delliser put his hands in the air, he suddenly reached for his waistband and spun around with an object in his hand, which appeared to be a gun.
The policeman claimed that he fired in self-defence because he thought the man would use the object, which he believed was a firearm, to shoot him.
In presenting closing arguments to the jury, Grant's attorney, Peter Champagnie QC, argued that the incident occurred at night and the post-mortem report showed that Delliser was shot to the side of his chest, which was consistent with him turning around.
The jury returned with a ‘not guilty’ verdict after an hour of deliberation.