Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Jurors told to carefully weigh INDECOM evidence in Chucky Brown trial

The six jurors who will determine the fate of triple murder accused, police constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown, were on Monday told to carefully weigh whether the indicted policeman was induced by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), to offer up self-incriminating evidence.

Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM, Hamish Campbell, who was present at two interviews during which Brown detailed the activities of the so-called death squad that Brown said murdered criminal suspects while carrying out the orders of a Senior Superintendent of Police, insisted during the trial that INDECOM did not offer to relocate the policeman and his family overseas.

The 16-member death squad operated out of Clarendon between 2009 and 2012 during which time they reportedly carried out several extrajudicial killings in their bid to reduce crime in the parish, according to Brown.

However, rather than an inducement, Campbell said Brown voluntarily offered the information, even after he was cautioned and told that whatever he said could be used against him in a court of law.

Nonetheless, high court judge, Justice Vivienne Harris, who is trying the case, told jurors during her summation on Monday, “If you believe that he was induced, you cannot rely upon the evidence."

She also told the jurors to carefully examine what Brown said to INDECOM in an August 6, 2013 transcript and the context within which it was said.

The defence team led by Norman Godfrey, has constantly asserted throughout the trial, that Brown was offered inducements by INDECOM investigators in exchange for his testimony.

Meanwhile, Justice Harris implored jurors to be careful in their assessment of the evidence of a prosecution witness because of weaknesses in his testimony. That witness had told the court that he was running away from the scene when he saw Brown along the Palmer's Cross main road on January 10, 2009 when Robert ‘Gutty’ Dawkins, one of Brown’s alleged victims, was shot and killed.

Testimony was also given that Dawkins was shot in the back, however, the forensics evidence presented in court show that Dawkins received bullet wounds to the front of his body.

Justice Harris told jurors that Brown was denied the opportunity to participate in an identification parade where the accuracy of the witness' testimony would have been tested.

The murder of Dawkins aside, Brown is also being tried for the double murder of Andrew Fearon and Dwayne ‘Murderous’ Douglas along the Swansea main road in Clarendon on December 13, 2012.

He is also being tried for one count of conspiracy to murder and one count of wounding with intent. Justice Harris continued her summation of the case on Tuesday.

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