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Other cellmates were asked to lie on Hamilton — attorney

BY PAUL HENRY henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 12:53 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson told jurors in her submission on Friday that other cellmates of Constable Rushon Hamilton were approached to tell lies against the cop.

"What we know is that other persons in the cell were approached to say things about Rushon," Neita-Robertson said.

Neita-Robertson made the comment on her second day of submissions while warning jurors to be weary of the witness who said that Hamilton confessed to the murder of 14-year-old Jhaneel Goulbourne.

The teen was abducted outside her Harbour View St Andrew gate on October 24, 2008, after the filing of a complaint that led to Hamilton being charged with carnal abuse.

A witness had testified that Hamilton told him that he had taken Goulbourne out to sea and shot her. Another witness who was also a cellmate of Hamilton's said he heard the confession.

On Friday Neita-Robertson asked jurors to weigh carefully “what was said by these men”.

The lawyer said that the circumstances of the case were already in the public domain and nothing the men said was new, or more importantly, could be verified by the prosecution.

Neita-Robertson told jurors that inmates who come forward in this way usually do so out of a feeling that they would gain some benefit.

"Oh what a tangled web you weave when you practice this thing called deceit," Neita-Robertson commented.

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