DPP issues ruling in Keith Clarke case

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has carefully examined the contents of the above captioned file which involve witness statements, Forensic, Pathologist and Ballistic Reports.  This was a voluminous file and the investigation and subsequent consideration of this material has taken some significant time.

Our examination of this matter involved the requisite legal research and a consideration of the available evidentiary and public interest factors as outlined in the Jamaica Prosecutors Protocol recently published by this office.

After consultation with the team of prosecutors assigned to deal with this matter, and a thorough review of the material including a detailed legal opinion, please be advised that I have today issued a ruling in the referral of INDECOM in the fatal shooting of Mr. Keith Clarke on May 27, 2010 at 18 Kirkland Heights, St. Andrew. 

This ruling was transmitted to the INDECOM Commissioner, Mr. Terrence Williams, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Owen Ellington, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Chief of Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force, Major General Antony Anderson.

The usual protocol dictates that it is the investigative authorities who requested the ruling and not the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who disclose the actual contents of the ruling.  Therefore any queries in respect of the contents of the ruling should be directed to the previously named investigative authorities.

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