Tuesday 14 July, 2020

JPS contractor gets bail for fatal shooting during illegal light fuss

A 42-year-old Jamaica Public Service (JPS) contractor, Derverton Miller, was on Friday offered bail on a charge of murder when he appeared in the Westmoreland Parish Court in Savanna-la-Mar.

Following a ruling from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Miller was charged with the fatal shooting of the now deceased man in circumstances where Miller was reportedly in the process of removing an illegal electricity connection on the now deceased man’s premises in Hopewell, Hanover on April 30, 2018.

Miller was part of a JPS crew on an assignment in the area.

It is alleged that during the exercise, an argument developed between Miller and the now deceased man, during which Miller used his licensed firearm to shoot the deceased in the chest.

In applying for bail on Friday, Miller’s attorney, Peter Champagnie, asked the presiding judge to take into account that following the recent ruling of the DPP, his client quickly and voluntarily submitted himself into the custody of the police.

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

Miller was offered bail in the amount of $450,000, and is set to return to court on July 26, 2019.

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