Early DPP ruling likely in fatal shooting of pregnant woman


Tuesday, September 04, 2012 | 1:32 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is likely to give an early ruling in the case in which a 25 year-old pregnant woman had been shot and killed by a policeman in St Thomas on the weekend.

The Independent Commission of Investigations, (INDECOM), said it has presented a preliminary report to the DPP and according to INDECOM head Terrence Williams a ruling could be made later today.

INDECOM issued a statement on Monday in which it outlined eyewitness accounts from policemen and civilians about the shooting death of Kayann Lamont, and her sister, who is now hospitalised.

INDECOM said a third sister escaped injury when she ran away from the incident on Saturday.

The Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights (IJCHR) has already criticised the actions of the police noting “this kind of activity on the part of the police has to stop”.

 IJCHR Chairman, Arlene Harrison-Henry said “there is nothing that I have gathered so far from the information that I have received that suggests in any way this lady caused any difficulty or harm”.

Eyewitness reports allege that the policeman had earlier warned Lamont about the use of indecent language.

The two women were shot during the process of arresting Lamont.

The police said that the officer involved in the incident has been taken into custody.



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