14-year wait for justice - Murder trial against cop drags on
A judge yesterday rejected a lengthy impassioned plea from attorney-at-law Valrie Neita-Robertson for a 14-year-old case against a policeman to be dismissed.
Neita-Robertson made the application on behalf of Corporal Mark Richards of the Spanish Town Police station, who is charged with the murder of Andre Anthony Wilson.
The Queen's Counsel told the judge that the 14-year-old matter should be dismissed as it is only the accused that has been appearing for years. She said that it was unjust to her client, adding that several priority dates that have been agreed by the Crown but no witness has shown.
Justice Yvette Graham-Allen, who heard the submission in the St Catherine Circuit Court yesterday, decided against throwing out the case. Instead, she set May 28 for the mentioning of the matter.
The judge told the attorney that the matter needs to be sent for case management and on the next date she can again apply.
Allegations before the court are that in September 2003, Richards was on duty, and travelling in a marked police car when a vehicle driven by Wilson was signalled to stop. The vehicle sped off.
The police said that there was a chase that ended on Fairfield Road where the lawman was challenged to a gun war by persons in the vehicle. Wilson was shot. He later died.
An investigation was launched and a file sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who ruled that Richards be charged with murder.