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Two cops freed of charges in relation to controversial shootings in Tredegar Park

Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who were charged with the controversial shooting deaths of a teenager and a man in Tredegar Park, St. Catherine in 2010 were freed on Tuesday before the Home Circuit Court.
 
Prosecutors told the presiding judge, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, that they did not have sufficient evidence to prove a case against Sergeant David Hutchinson and Constable Kenneth Daley as the witnesses cannot be found.
 
The jury was instructed by the Chief Justice to return a not guilty verdict.
 
Sergeant Hutchinson and Constable Daley were charged in July 2013 following an investigation by INDECOM into the fatal shooting of the teenager, Derrick Bolton, and the man.
 
They were shot when the police carried out a raid in search of gunmen who earlier fatally shot eight people in the area.
 
Residents claimed the boy was taken from his home and killed.
 
However, the cops said they confronted members of the Clansman gang when the two were fatally shot.
 
Sergeant Hutchinson and Constable Daley were among eight police officers convicted of refusing to cooperate with INDECOM in the probe.
 
The Appeal Court dismissed their appeal last week.
 


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