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Mark Shields tells court he sought lawyers for main witness in Boulevard murder case
2012-12-03 18:10:55 | (0 Comments)
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields today continued his testimony under cross-examination at the Boulevard trial.
Constables Louie Lynch and Paul Edwards and Assistant Superintendent of Police Victor Barrett are on trial in the Home Circuit Court for the murders of 20-year-old Kemar Walters and 44-year-old Oliver Duncan.
The men were abducted from a plaza on Washington Boulevard on December 23, 2004.
Shields said when he saw the prosecution's main witness on December 25, 2009 it was the first time he was meeting him.
He said he was aware that the witness was in custody since May 21, 2009.
Shields who was being cross-examined by defense lawyer, Deborah Martin, said he sought lawyers for the witness after his arrest.
He said his understanding was that the witness was arrested for abduction and murder.
But Shields said he was not present when the witness was arrested.
In the six weeks since the trial has been underway, the Crown has maintained that Walters and Duncan were taken away from the plaza after they were found with a stolen blue Honda CR-V.
Shields further said, on May 25, 2009 when he saw the prosecution's main witness he had a cut on his head.
He said he asked the witness, who is also a former cop, what had caused the cut and the witness gave him an explanation but he did not record it.
Shields said the witness also gave an account of his role in the incident on December 23, 2004 but he did not record it.
According to Shields the witness admitted knowledge as to the abduction of the men and also that he was present and assisted in the destruction of the blue Honda CR-V.
Shields admitted that based on the admission the witness made to him it was possible he could be charged with accessory after the fact to murder but he would have to get advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Shields was questioned at length about the tape-recording of an interview with the witness on May 27,2009.
The trial continues tomorrow before Justice Horace Marsh and the 12-member jury.
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