Police corporal on murder charge offered bail

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police Corporal, Damion Auld, 44, was today offered $1 million bail before the Supreme Court in Kingston.

The allegations are that in September 2019, the policeman fatally shot one of two men he was pursuing along Connolly Avenue in Kingston 4. The incident was captured on closed circuit television.

In applying for bail the policeman's attorneys, Peter Champagnie QC, and Richard Lynch, submitted that their client fired his service weapon in self defence based on reports received. It was reported that the deceased man, Odel Lambert otherwise called Ruff, was involved in an armed robbery in the area.

Corporal Auld had initially been denied bail last year as a result of another charge against him, that of wounding with intent. However in that matter he was found not guilty. He was represented by the same attorneys.

In making the application, Auld's lawyers argued that there has been a material change in circumstances to include the fact that the other case was resolved in his favour.

In granting bail, the court ordered very strict conditions including reporting to the Office of the Commissioner of Police and restrictions from visiting the area where the incident is alleged to have happened.

Auld is expected to face trial in October 2023.

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