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Cop promised man cell-phone to help dump girl’s body

BY PAUL HENRY henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 12:26 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Constable Rushon Hamilton promised a St Mary man money and cell phones if he could help him find a place to dump a body, according to a statement read in court today.

Hamilton is facing charges for the murder of 14-year-old Jhaneel Goulbourne who was kidnapped outside her Harbour View, St Andrew home in October 2008.

The statement, read in Court today, was given on June 8, 2009 by the St Mary resident, Kemar Johnson, who was later shot and killed by gunmen.

According to the statement, which was read by investigating officer Detective Sergeant Conrad Granston, Hamilton's brother introduced the cop to Johnson in October 2008. 

Johnson, the statement said, asked Hamilton where his gun and badge were but Hamilton told him that he was in some trouble and did not have them.

On another day, Hamilton and his brother, called Bull, came back to Johnson's community in St Mary in a white Toyota bus.

"Mi ina some trouble. Mi haffi get rid of somebody but me want somewhere to dash weh di body," Johnson told the police that Hamilton told him.

The following day, according to the statement, Hamilton called with the same request "and that he will give me a food". Johnson said he asked Hamilton what type of "food". 

Hamilton, the court heard, said the “food” would be two cell phones and money but Johnson said he wasn't interested.

Johnson said that Hamilton called him on several occasions with the same request.

According to the statement, Hamilton subsequently told Johnson that he got through. He said Hamilton called back a few times after to say that he was arrested and that he should "hold my mouth”.

Goulbourne disappeared following a complaint to the police, which led to Hamilton being charged with carnal abuse.

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