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INDECOM wants weapons in Keith Clarke killing retested

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, October 03, 2012    

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THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is seeking further testing of "certain weapons" regarding the case against Jamaica Defence Force soldiers charged with the murder of accountant Keith Clarke.

Queen's Counsel Howard Hamilton, who is leading the defence team representing the three soldiers, made the revelation in the Home Circuit Court last Friday.

"We are at a loss. We would have thought that the prosecution would be ready," Hamilton complained.

Hamilton said that he received letters from INDECOM, the last being in September, about the request for the testing of the weapons. He gave no further details.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn told the court that her office also received similar correspondence from INDECOM Commissioner Terrence Williams and that she would be meeting with him on the issue.

Meanwhile, the soldiers charged with Clarke's murder had their bail conditions varied to facilitate them spending time with their families on the weekend. The men were ordered confined to their barracks at Up Park Camp after they were each granted bail in the sum of $2 million last July.

Lance Corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley and Private Arnold Henry are charged with murder over the shooting death of Clarke at his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew home, during the mid-2010 search for former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher Coke.

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