Thursday 9 July, 2020

Cop freed of killing two Portmore men in 2014

A police constable who was charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for the killing of two men in Portmore, St Catherine five years ago was freed in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Thursday.

Freed was Faybian Durrant, who was assigned to the Portmore Police Station prior to his arrest in relation to the deaths of Dadrian Davis and Okeelie Brown.

Durrant was released by presiding High Court Judge, Justice Cresencia Brown-Beckford after the crown conceded that two witnesses could not be located.

Allegations are that on September 8, 2014, a police team was on an operation in Garveymeade, Portmore, when they encountered a group of men who opened fire at them.

The police reportedly took evasive action and returned fire.

After the shooting subsided, Davis and Brown were found with gunshot wounds and were later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Two illegal guns were reportedly seized by the police, who also claimed the men had been members of a criminal network.

Residents, however, contended that the men were killed in cold blood.

INDECOM commenced an investigation into the incident, which resulted in Durrant being charged
with murder.

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