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DPP ruling on Keith Clarke matter

INDECOM | 2012-07-17 16:53:00

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) wishes to advise the public that the Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Paula Llewelyn Q.C. has ruled that three members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) involved in the fatal shooting of Keith Clarke in May 2010, be charged for murder. The Commission received the ruling today (July 17, 2012).
The members of the JDF are Lance Corporals Greg Tingling, and Odel Buckley; and Private Arnold Henry.
 In a letter to the Commissioner of INDECOM, Mr. Terrence Williams, 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).

Reacting to the ruling, the Commissioner expressed gratitude to all the parties involved in the investigation and INDECOM’s committment to assisting the DPP in the prosecution of the matter.

“I wish to thank the investigators of the Commission for their detailed and thorough work on this case; the Government Forensic Laboratory; and the Medico-Legal Unit of the Ministry of National Security. I also wish to recognise the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) for the work they did; and the JDF for their cooperation.

 I wish to also thank the DPP for their thorough analysis of the matter; we remain committed to assisting that office in the prosecution of that matter,” Commissioner Williams said.
The Commissioner’s Report was sent to the Office of the Director of 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.

Mr. Clarke was shot killed in May 2010 in a joint military and police operation during the Tivoli incursion. The investigation was initiated by the BSI and handed over to INDECOM on October of 2010, some two months after INDECOM began operation in August 2010.

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