POLICEMAN FREED OF MURDER CHARGES AS JURY RETURNS NOT GUILTY VERDICT

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A policeman who was charged with murder following an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), was freed in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Friday, October 5.

Detective Constable Miguel Phillips was freed after a not guilty verdict was handed down by a jury following under three hours of deliberation.

Reports are that on July 7, 2016, the officer was at a plaza along Ken Hill Drive in St Andrew, where he shot and killed a man in the full view of patrons at a bar.

It was alleged that Sean Comrie was killed after he used expletives to Phillips, including derogatory remarks in reference to the officer and his mother.

However, in court, lead defense attorney, Peter Champagnie, challenged the crown witnesses about their accounts of the incident, arguing that the killing was accidental.

This, because one of the prosecution’s witness had attempted to take away the policeman’s gun and, during the struggle, the weapon went off.