Wednesday 23 October, 2019

JPS contractor argues self defence in fatal shooting of customer

Forty-two-year-old Jamaica Public Service Contractor, Derverton Miller, will return to court on July 26, 2019 to face a charge of murder in the Savanna-la-mar Parish Court. 

Miller had been charged following a ruling from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution. The charge stems from the fatal shooting of a man in circumstances where Miller was in the process of removing an illegal electricity connection on the man's premises in Hopewell, Hanover on April 30, 2018.

Miller is presently on bail as his attorney, Peter Champagnie, had been able to convince the presiding judge to take into account that following the recent ruling of the DPP, his client had quickly and voluntarily submitted himself into the custody of the police. 

Champagnie is convinced that his client will be exonerated. 

"There is clear evidence to suggest that the accused acted in self defence, and indeed, his conduct after the incident is consistent with someone who was able to exercise mature judgment," Champagnie told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. 

"He went to the police, made a report, submitted a written statement, and continued to follow up with the case to the extent that when it was ruled that he would be charged, he immediately made himself available to the police," Champagnie added.

According to court documents, Miller was part of a JPS crew in the area when it is alleged that an argument developed between Miller and the deceased during  which Miller used his licensed firearm to shoot the deceased in chest. 

Champagnie also submitted that there were witnesses who said his client acted in self defence when it appeared that the deceased was reaching for a weapon.

Miller is set to return to court on July 26th, 2019.

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