Speedy trial for soldiers charged with Keith Clarke's murder
KINGSTON, Jamaica — THE three soldiers charged with the murder of businessman Keith Clarke will get a speedy trial after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Paula Llewelyn, has stated her intention to bypass the preliminary enquiry in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
The three soldiers have been identified as Lance Corporals Greg Tingling and Odel Buckley, and Private Arnold Henry.
"The DPP indicated she is of the opinion that given the high public attention commanded by this matter, it is in the interest of justice for all, that this matter would be best served by circumventing the preliminary enquiry process in the Resident Magistrate’s Court. To that end, she has stated her intention to exercise her discretion by preferring a voluntary bill of indictment, so that the matter can be brought straight to the Home Circuit Court, consequent to the arrest and charge of the three accused men by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)," a statement from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) said.
INDECOM's report was sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution on May 11, 2012 following a 24 month-wait for the ballistics certificate. The file was sent to the DPP some two weeks after receiving the Certificate.
Clarke was shot and killed in May 2010 in a joint military and police operation during the Tivoli Gardens incursion.