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Cop wanted to know if colleagues had found girl’s body, court hears

By PAUL HENRY

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 3:35 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The investigating officer who charged Constable Rushton Hamilton with murder, testified today that the accused cop wanted to know if the police found the body of the girl who is believed to have been killed.

Detective Sergeant Conrad Granston testified in the Home Circuit Court that when he charged Hamilton in 2009 and cautioned him, the accused cop said the only thing he wanted to know was whether investigators had found the body.

A witness, who was a cellmate of Hamilton's in October 2008, testified last week that Hamilton confessed to him that he killed 14-year-old Jhaneel Goulbourne at sea and dumped her body. The witness testified further that Hamilton also remarked that he was 99.99 per cent certain that the teen's body would never be found.

The teenager was abducted from the gate of her Harbour View, St Andrew home and was never seen or heard from again.

Her abduction followed the filing of a complaint that led to Hamilton being charged with carnal abuse.

Granston is to continue his testimony tomorrow.

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