Friday 22 March, 2019

‘Freed’ cop re-charged with murder

Police Detective Constable, Shawn Pennington, was on Wednesday arrested by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and charged with the murder of Rishawn Oliver following an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Pennington, who was previously charged with the same offence, was taken before Justice Evan Brown in the St Catherine Circuit Court on a voluntary bill of indictment. He was granted bail in the sum of $800,000 with sureties, and all his previous bail conditions remained the same, including the surrendering of his travel documents.

The case was adjourned for mention again on October 25, 2018.

The case against him was dismissed by a parish judge on May 8 because of the judge’s interpretation of the recent Court of Appeal decision in a case that was brought against INDECOM by the Police Federation. The Appeal Court indicated in that judgment, that INDECOM does not have the right to bring a charge of murder against a police officer, resulting in five cops, including Pennington, being freed of varying offences.

However, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), in ruling in favour of prosecuting Pennington, has effectively brought the matter back to life.

The detective is accused of the fatal shooting Oliver in Point Hill, St Catherine earlier this year.

The allegations are that Oliver was shot shortly before 11:00 p.m. along the Pusey main road in Point Hill.

Before he died, Oliver reportedly informed a friend of his, along with police officers who took him to the hospital, of the identity of his attacker.

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