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Chucky was a mannerly and dependable cop, former assistant commissioner tells court

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The defence in the murder trial of Constable Collis 'Chucky' Brown this morning closed its case in the Home Circuit Court following the testimony of a former assistant commissioner of police who was brought in as character witness for Constable Brown.

The former top cop, while being questioned by Brown's attorney Athea Freeman, told the court that he knew the defendant to be a very hardworking, mannerly and dependable police officer.

Meanwhile, under cross examination from lead prosecutor Caroline Hay, he said a direction to police officer from a senior officer to commit murder would be unlawful.

However, he further testified that a constable, if he believes he or she has been given an unlawful directive has the right to refuse and can lodge a complaint.

Constable Brown told the court yesterday during his unworn testimony that he was obligated to follow the command of his superiors and could not question their orders.

Constable Brown in a recorded interview with INDECOM, which was played in court, also alleged that he was instructed by his superiors to go for wanted men and was told not to waste time arresting them.

The former ACP when asked to comment on that statement said that it would be unlawful and that it would also be wrong to deprive a person who is suspected of wrongdoing of the opportunity to appear in court.

The senior retired cop also told the court that in his over 40 years in the Force he does not know of any authorisation sanctioning the unlawful killing of an individual and that the Force would need legislation or Government policy to do so.

In the meantime he said he believes Constable Brown was mature and experienced enough to know the difference between a lawful and an unlawful command.

Constable Brown who has been in custody since January 2014 is being tried for the murder of Robert 'Gutty' Dawkins and the double murder of Andrew Fearing and Dwayne Douglas.

He is also being tried on charges of wounding with intent and conspiracy to murder.

Tanesha Mundle

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