Two policemen – Constable Davion Williams of the Hanover Police Division and Detective Sergeant Ludlow Mowatt of the St Catherine South Division – died suddenly yesterday of natural causes.
According to reports, Constable Williams of the Lucea Police Station in Hanover fell ill during a game of football and died at approximately 9 a.m. after being taken to hospital. Constable Williams had 18 months service in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Detective Sergeant Mowatt reportedly died shortly after 3:00 pm at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine. He had 32-years service in the JCF and was labelled “a tough crime fighter, having worked in some of the most difficult police divisions and has exemplified himself in doing so,” the Police High Command said.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has ruled that three constables should be charged with the March 2012 murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland, and the injury of six other civilians.
According to the DPP, the police constables should also be charged with wounding with intent. The names of the constables have been withheld pending charge.
In a statement a short while ago, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) said the DPP has also recommended that the matter be committed directly to the Home Circuit Court, by way of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment.
INDECOM said it received the ruling today and has advised the Jamaica Constabulary Force for it to arrest the constables.
“This is being done due to the fact that the power of an INDECOM investigator to lay charge is being reviewed by the courts,” an INDECOM spokesperson said.
“The Commission had undertaken not to lay any charges until the court had completed its ruling.”
The file on the shooting of Kirkland and the others was submitted to the DPP on February 15, 2013.
The police report on the shooting received by INDECOM had stated that the incident began in Portmore following the robbery of a cell phone. The victim of the robbery was allegedly assaulted before the perpetrators sped off in a blue Suzuki Swift motor car. Citizens reportedly gave chase along with the police but lost the motor car in which the alleged robbers were traveling.
The incident was broadcast over the police radio network and shortly after, the car was allegedly spotted along Washington Boulevard. The police said they followed to car to Norman Lane where a shooting occurred during which the car was shot up with the occupants inside. This happened at a section of Norman Lane where a birthday party was in progress on the road.
It was later discovered that Kirkland, a student at Immaculate Conception High School at the time, had been killed and the other six people injured.
A police constable, who has not been identified at this time, is reportedly in police custody after fatally shooting his common-law-wife in St. Mary last night.
He was arrested for the shooting death of 38 year old Janice Burrell, of Islington in St. Mary. The shooting reportedly occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. last night. According to reports, the couple had a dispute when the police constable – who is the father of Miss Burrell’s youngest child – shot her.
39 year old Constable Michael Townsend, a 16 year veteran of the force, of a Junction, St Elizabeth address, was reportedly shot and killed in a brazen midday attack earlier today in Effortville, Clarendon.
According to reports, Constable Townsend went to visit friends in the area, when gunmen reportedly invaded a premises at White Avenue in the Effortville district of May Pen, Clarendon, and shot the policeman several times. At the time of his death, the policeman, who was stationed at the Junction Police Station in St Elizabeth, was reportedly on leave.
A police constable and Sergeant assigned to Police Area One, along with an unnamed businessman, were reportedly taken into custody yesterday following a sting operation by members of the Police’s Anti-Corruption Branch.
According to reports, the businessman, who was dissatisfied with a transaction between himself and a contractor, conspired with the two policemen to extort money from the contractor. After an undetermined sum of money was demanded, the contractor reported the matter to the police and an investigation was launched. A sting operation was set up, and as a result, the three men were taken into custody.
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