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Appeal Court overturns bail for Clarendon cops

Paul Henry

Friday, May 30, 2014    

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THE Court of Appeal has overturned the million-dollar bail offer to two of eight Clarendon-based police officers accused of being members of an alleged hit squad.

The bail offer was made by Justice Glen Brown in the Supreme Court to Sergeant Leeford Gordon and Constable Damon Robinson on May 22.

But the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which opposed the bail that was made in chambers, appealed the decision.

The arguments were made before Justice Hilary Phillips in the Court of Appeal. It was submitted that Brown didn't take into consideration certain arguments raised by INDECOM in arriving at his decision to offer the men bail.

In overturning the bail offer on Wednesday, Phillips ordered that fresh bail applications be made before a new judge in the Supreme Court at the earliest possible date.

The men had made their applications for bail after they and two other co-accused were denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court in April.

Gordon, Robinson and the two other cops, constables Romaine De La Haye and Pete Samuels, are to face a preliminary enquiry on June 23.

At the time the men were denied bail, Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey said the possibility for interference with the witnesses "is massive" and that the investigations are ongoing.

Gordon, De La Haye, and Robinson are charged with murder in relation to the death of Marvin Shand on January 4 at New Longville in Clarendon, while Samuels is charged with murder in relation to the May 25, 2011 death of Sylvester Gallimore.

It is alleged that Gordon, De La Haye, and Robinson ambushed and shot Shand, who was carrying bags of ground provision and

other items on his head and in his hands.

Allegations are also that a photograph of the dead man's body was found in De La Haye's cellular phone, which supported reports that Shand was travelling with loaded bags and had no weapon.

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