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December 3, 2013
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Trial date set for Vanessa Kirkland murder case

On May 19, the three police constables charged with the murder of schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland are to go on trial.

The date was set when the accused constables Anakay Bailey, Dervin Hayles and Andrew Wayne Smith appeared in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

It is reported that Kirkland was shot and killed in March last year after the policemen reportedly shot at the vehicle in which she was a passenger.

She was a student of the Immaculate Conception High School.

Six other persons in the car were also shot and injured.

The police had reported that on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 a motor car was being pursued by a three-vehicle team from the Mobile Reserve following reports that it had earlier been used to transport three men from a robbery in Portmore, St Catherine.

The police further reported that on reaching Norman Lane in Kingston 13, the motor car stopped suddenly and two men fired on the first police vehicle.

According to the police, the fire was returned and Kirkland was fatally shot and the other persons injured.

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