Tuesday 16 January, 2018

Man freed of barber shop killing of JDF soldier

One of three men who were charged with the fatal shooting of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier at a barber shop in Cross Roads, St Andrew in September 2016, was freed when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

He is Dwayne Bedasse.

Apart from the murder charge, Bedasse was also cleared of the charges of misprision of felony and accessory after the fact.

The allegations before the court were that on September 2, 2016, JDF Lance Corporal, 31-year-old Ricardo Bennett, was inside the barber shop when a group of men reportedly entered and opened fire, hitting him in the process.

Bennett returned the fire, hitting one of the men.

The injured soldier and gunman were taken to hospital, where both were pronounced dead.

The case against the other two accused men is to be heard in the Home Circuit Court.