Monday 17 February, 2020

Ex-cop accused of entertainer’s murder, denied bail in court

Jamaican ex-cop, Oshane, Wayne Thompson, being deported from the US recently.

Jamaican ex-cop, Oshane, Wayne Thompson, being deported from the US recently.

The bail application for a former Jamaican police officer who fled the island after the killing of an entertainer in St Mary last year, was denied in the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday.

Oshane Wayne Thompson is implicated in the killing of upcoming deejay, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as ‘Instaboss’ or ‘Maffie’, of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Pearson was shot dead on May 7, 2017. 

The presiding parish judge denied bail on the basis of possible witness interference, and also with a view of the accused being a likely flight risk.

The case is scheduled for committal proceedings on October 2.

Last year Thompson resigned from the police force after being questioned about the death of Pearson, which occurred during an altercation between the two, reportedly over a woman, at a party in St Mary.

Thompson then fled the island, but was recently arrested and handed over to the Jamaican authorities by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations Unit.

Thompson arrived in the island on August 30, and was arrested by Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers and later charged with the murder of Pearson.

The charges against him followed prior investigations, including by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

INDECOM indicated in a release after the accused man’s arrival in Jamaica that a number of local agencies, including the JCF, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the commission, had played important roles in fostering the capture and deportation of the fugitive former lawman.

INDECOM said it had also recommended to the DPP earlier this year that Thompson, when caught, be charged with murder in relation to the Pearson killing.

An attorney for the former cop recently said Thompson, in fleeing the country, acted out of fear for his life, after having received a number of death threats.

Attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing the ex-policeman, did not go into details then, but said the ex-cop did not leave the country through any illegal means.

Kriston Pearson, otherwise called 'Instaboss' and 'Maffie'.

Reports are that sometime after 4:00 a.m. on May 7, 2017, Pearson and the ex-cop had the altercation at a party in Trinity near Port Maria in St Mary.

Eyewitnesses at the time alleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop, and it was at that point that the lawman pulled his firearm and fired, hitting Pearson in the chest.

Pearson was later pronounced dead in hospital, while the cop was also taken to the hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries.

The policeman was subsequently interviewed by, among other authorities, investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), and was later released.

Thompson then tendered his resignation to the JCF, which was reportedly approved.

According to a news release from ICE, "on June 13, 2017, Thompson boarded a flight to the US and legally entered with a non-immigrant visa, with authorisation to remain in the United States until December 13, 2017."

But on June 19, 2017, Interpol issued a red notice for Thompson for the crime of murder.

The release added that on June 26, 2017, "the ERO National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Centre (NCATC) in Williston, Vermont, advised ERO New York that Thompson may be residing in the New York City metropolitan area."

Thompson's visa was revoked by the US Department of State on June 28, 2017.

Nine months later, he was arrested on immigration charges by ERO deportation officers from the New York City and Newark Field Offices in Pennsauken, New Jersey, on March 19, 2018.

Thompson was ordered removed by an immigration judge in New York City on August 2 this year.

The Jamaican later waived his right to an appeal, and was then deported.

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