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Cop in St Ann video-recorded shooting freed of murder
2013-03-07 12:14:43 | (0 Comments)
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Sergeant Lloyd Kelly, the St Ann policeman in the 2010 video-recorded shooting of a St Ann man has been freed of murder.
Kelly was freed a short while ago after Justice Marva McDonald Bishop upheld a no-case submission by his attorneys.
In addressing the jury, McDonald Bishop said the Crown failed to make out a case that Kelly murdered Ian Chen Sing Lloyd.
Prosecution witnesses testified this week that Lloyd was being beaten and stoned by residents in Buckfield, St Ann shortly before the alleged video-recorded shooting.
The judge pointed out that the maker of the video recording was not called as a witness; that a medical report was not tendered in evidence; and the doctor who carried out the post mortem could not be located.
As a result, the judge said it could not be proven what had happened.
The judge also said there was a break in chain of custody in relation to the bullets taken from the body of the St Ann man and sent to the government's forensic laboratory.
Residents had claimed that Kelly was shot once, but two bullets were reportedly removed from the body.
The matter began in the Home Circuit court on Monday.
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