Cop freed of murder charge arising from ‘dissing’ incident at bar
A policeman who was charged with murder following an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), was on Friday freed in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.
Detective Constable Miguel Phillips was freed by presiding judge, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, after a not guilty verdict was handed down by a jury following just under three hours of deliberation.
The allegations against the cop were that on July 7, 2016, at a plaza along Ken Hill Drive in St Andrew, he shot and killed a man in the full view of patrons at a bar.
It was alleged that Sean Comrie was killed after he used expletives to Phillips, including derogatory remarks in reference to the cop and his mother.
But in court, lead defence attorney, Peter Champagnie, challenged the crown witnesses about their accounts of the incident.
Champagnie argued that the killing was accidental because one the prosecution witnesses had attempted to take away the policeman’s gun and, in the ensuing struggle, the weapon went off.