Sunday 25 October, 2020

Men convicted of killing cop sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment

Two men who were charged with the 2008 murder of 22-year-old police constable Andre Chung were sentenced on Wednesday.

Ras-Amin Brown and Daniel Powell were sentenced to 13 years and five months' imprisonment for manslaughter, arising from the constable's killing.

Additionally, the men were sentenced to eight years and five months' imprisonment at hard labour for illegal possession of firearm, 15 years imprisonment at hard labour for making use of a firearm to commit a felony, and 10 years and five months' imprisonment for robbery with aggravation.

The sentences are to run concurrently, according to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This means that the men will have the serve the longest sentence, which is 15 years' imprisonment.

Christopher Thompson, a third man who was charged in connection with Chung's death, is now deceased. It is not clear when he died.

Brown and Powell were, however, found guilty by a seven-member jury on January 20 this year.

The DPP's office reported that on the night of March 4, 2008, Chung left the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew where he was studying Mandarin to further his work with the Chinese engineers doing construction work on the airport in Kingston.

The accused men were operating a rented 2005 Toyota Corolla motorcar as a taxi, and picked up Chung under on that basis.

After the men realised that their passenger was a police officer, they disarmed him and robbed him of his service pistol and tablet.

Chung was then beaten and shot to death.

His body was deposited along Tavistock Terrace in Millsborough, St Andrew, where it was discovered the following morning by a detective corporal.

There was no eyewitness to the crime, the DPP's office indicated.

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