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One accused ‘death squad’ cop remains in custody

Friday, July 25, 2014    

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DETECTIVE Corporal Kevin Adams, who is facing four counts of murder in the ongoing 'death squad' probe, was Wednesday remanded in custody, while seven of his colleagues' bails were extended when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Adams was initially denied bail in the resident magistrate's court but was earlier this month granted $5 million in the Supreme Court. However, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), which is investing the controversial police killings, had challenged his bail and is appealing the matter, hence Adams is unable to take up his bail.

Adams is charged with the murder of Adif Washington, who was shot and killed by masked men while being treated at the May Pen Hospital, on January 14, last year. He is to return to court for mention on September 25 in that case.

He is also charged with three other murders: Sylvester Gallimore on May 5, 2011; Andrew Bisson, who was killed on September 5, 2011; and the February 13, 2012 slaying of Anthony Trought.

In the case involving Gallimore, he is jointly charged with Constable Pete Samuels and both are to return to court on September 25, for a preliminary hearing. Samuels' bail was, however, extended.

With respect to the murder of Trough, Adams is jointly charged with Constable Jerome Whyte and their matter was also scheduled for mention on September 26.

The detective is also scheduled to appear in court on September 25, in relation to Bisson's murder case in which he is charged along with Constable Carl Whyte and District Constable Howard Brown.

Meanwhile, Constable Shannon-Ceon Allen and Sergeant Mario Taylor, who are both charged with the February 28 murder of Adolphus Reader in May Pen, Clarendon had their bails extended for them to return to court for mention on September 19.

Bail for Constable Rohan Morrison, who is jointly charged along with Constable Collis 'Chuckie' Brown for the murder of Phaebian Dinnal and wounding of Kenton Hayles on February 13, 2010, was also extended for him to return to court on Friday.

In the meantime, four other police officers, Sergeant Leeford Gordon and constables Romaine Del La Hay, Damon Robinson and Collis 'Chuckie' Brown, had their cases transferred to the Home Circuit Court, in a move by the prosecution to avoid a preliminary enquiry before trial.

— Tanesha Mundle

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