Compensation not enough for Tivoli incursion


June 17, 2016
File This woman eats from a pot even as she told the media about what took place in Tivoli Gardens when the army and the police stormed it to find Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke

A woman who claimed that one of her relatives was shot and killed during the May 2010 Tivoli incursion in West Kingston says she is happy that the report from the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has been completed.

She is happy with the recommendations, especially that people should be compensated, but says she cannot understand why persons were not singled out to face murder charges.

"It is not easy to witness your loved one being shot dead," she said.

She explained that her nephew was visiting her on the day he was shot and killed by members of the security forces. She said he had nothing to do with what was taking place in the area.

"I am not into the violence business, and I believe everybody should be law-abiding citizens. My nephew respected law and order and was no gunman. I regret the day he came to visit me.

"He was actually leaving my house when he was shot and killed. Up to this day, I cannot believe that my nephew, who is so loving and kind, died in that fashion. I cry everyday about it and it is something I will never get over."

The woman cried this week as she told her friends about some of the happy moments she shared with her nephew. She disclosed that there was not a week that he would not come to see her at her home in Tivoli Gardens. She said she lived alone and her nephew used to call her regularly to make sure she was alright.

"My nephew was loving and kind and he would take groceries for me when he visits. When his mother heard he was killed, she collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital. Sometimes I say to myself, 'Look, how many people died for the arrest of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.' It just does not make any sense to me.

"I am happy with some of the recommendations I heard over the news, but I would also have liked to hear that persons were named to be charged for murder."

The three-member panel of the commission of Enquiry does not have the authority to name persons to be charged. The Commission, which was appointed by the governor general under the Commissions of Enquiry Act, was given specific terms of reference to enquire into. One of them was to determine under what circumstances, civilians, police officers and soldiers were shot and killed or injured during May 2010 in connection with the security forces seeking to effect the arrest of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke on a provisional warrant in extradition proceedings.

Now that the report has been completed, it is for the director of public prosecutions and the Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations to review the depositions given at the commission of enquiry and determine if persons should be charged with murder.

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