Monday 20 May, 2019

‘Death squad’ trial: Deceased shot while lying down, says pathologist

The third police ‘death squad’ murder trial in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston heard on Thursday that 23-year-old Andrew Bisson was shot in the head and chest, and twice while lying on his back. That is according to the testimony of a forensic pathologist.

Bisson was killed in a reported shootout with the police inside a small one-room board house at Corn Piece district in Hayes, Clarendon, on September 5, 2011.

On trial for murder are Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, Constable Carl Bucknor and District Constable Howard Brown.

The Sri Lanka-based forensic pathologist told the court that he carried out the autopsy on Bisson's body on September 9, 2011. He said he concluded that Bisson was first shot in the chest, followed by a shot to the left ear. Two shots followed to the epigastric region (upper central abdomen) of his body.

The pathologist told the court that the injuries caused lacerations to Bisson’s heart, lungs, brain and liver, and caused his stomach to rupture.

He explained that the exit wounds caused by the final two shots were atypical.

"When a person is lying on his back or supported by some hard surface, (the) bullet cannot exit straight, so it makes some movements. As a result of that, you get atypical type exit. This is a well-known phenomenon in forensic medicine," the forensic pathologist said.

He told the court that Bisson was unconscious within seconds, and died within a few minutes of receiving the head shot.

The court was also told on Thursday that none of the four bullets that were recovered after the shooting matched any of the firearms that were taken from the three policemen.

However, two spent shells that were recovered from the scene reportedly matched the firearms of two of the accused men.

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