Friday 18 October, 2019

Judge rules that ‘Chucky’ Brown has case to answer

High Court Judge, Justice Vivienne Harris, has ruled that murder accused, police constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown, has a case to answer in relation to his ongoing trial.

Harris made the ruling on Friday afternoon when she rejected a no-case submission from Brown’s lead attorney, Norman Godfrey.

The submission was opposed by lead prosecutor, Caroline Haye.

When the high-profile trial resumes on Monday in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, Brown’s attorneys will begin to mount his defence.

The policeman who has been behind bars since 2014, is before the courts on three counts of murder, including a double killing, along with a case of conspiracy to murder and another of wounding with intent.

He was allegedly a key member of the so-called ‘police death squad’ that reportedly operated in Clarendon between 2009 and 2012. The squad, with a reported complement of some 16 cops, allegedly carried out numerous extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals at the behest of their commanding officer as a means of combating the parish’s crime problems.

Squad members were said to have routinely planted guns on their victims, guns that were reportedly supplied by senior officers from the Clarendon Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), who also reportedly helped ‘death squad’ members to concoct crime scene evidence against the deceased persons.

The court has also heard that Brown had links to prominent dons, who he referred to as his bosses. One of his alleged victims was said to have been killed because he had disrespected one of the dons by kidnapping the don’s daughter.

Brown has pleaded not guilty, but video recordings that have been played in court show him implicating himself. The recorded interviews were done by investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) in 2013. Brown was allegedly cautioned by the INDECOM investigators several times, and even signed a transcript of the interviews, even with a comment that he was signing himself into prison.

The case is set to resume at 10:00 a.m. on Monday with the defence opening the presentation of its case.

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