INDECOM sticks to its position in 'Chucky's' murder trial

BY TANESHA MUNDLE
Observer staff reporter
mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 12, 2018

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ASSISTANT Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Hamish Campbell yesterday continued to refute claims that his organisation had offered to send accused police constable Collis “Chucky” Brown and his family overseas in exchange for him sharing information about a special police squad that had reportedly been killing people.

“Is promising someone a new life abroad and security for his family an inducement?” Brown's lawyer Norman Godfrey asked during the ongoing murder trial in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

Campbell, who was being grilled for the second day by the defence, replied: “If such a promise was made it could be, but no such promise was made.”

The witness was also shown a document on which he had written something about a witness protection programme during his meeting with the now accused police officer, but he insisted that it was not an offer to help place Brown in a witness protection programme.

The lawyer, however, suggested to Campbell that he and another officer had made the offer to his client.

“You are mistaken. There is no possibility of me being able to make anyone such an offer, it was not in my capacity to do so,” Campbell declared.

But the lawyer told him: “Your intention was to induce Mr Brown by offering him security abroad for himself and his family.”

“No it wasn't,” the witness insisted.

Godfrey then suggested to the INDECOM official that he made the offer to Brown in August 2013, because he had just arrived in the island and was anxious to prove himself. However, this was quickly denied by Campbell.

“You had no desire to make an impact?” the lawyer then asked.

In response, Campbell said his role at INDECOM is to ensure that all investigations are properly and professionally conducted and not to make an impact, personally.

In the meantime, a second witness from INDECOM, Neville Edwards, also denied that INDECOM had made any offer to Brown.

“You hear anybody promise Mr Brown anything if him talk?” lead prosecutor Queen's Counsel Caroline Hay asked the investigator yesterday.

“Not at all,” Edwards answered.

He also testified that no one had forced Brown to talk and that no one had treated him unfairly.

The police constable, who was assigned to the May Pen Police Station and is alleged to have been part of a team of police officers who carried out extrajudicial killings in Clarendon, is being tried for the January 10, 2009 murder of 21-year-old Robert “Gutty” Dawkins in Palmer's Cross.

Brown, who has been in custody since January 2014, is also being tried for the alleged double murder of Andrew Fearon and Dwayne Douglas, both killed in December 2012, along with conspiracy and wounding with intent charges.

The trial is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

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