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January 31, 2014
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Academy cops granted bail
Rasbert Turner, STAR Writer

Three members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force charged in connection with the death of a trainee at Twickenhan Park, St Catherine, last year, were granted bail in the sum of $400,000 each when they appeared in court.

Dead is Ricardo Mckenzie, 21-year-old, of May Pen, Clarendon.

Those charged with manslaughter, attempting to pervert the course of justice and wounding are sergeants Christopher Mattis and Craig Vassell and Constable Bruce Martin.

When the matter was mentioned in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court, lawyers representing the accused made successful bail applications. The court was told that the men are good candidates for bail.

The resident magistrate granted bail on condition that they surrender their travel documents and report to the police three times weekly.

It is being alleged that, on January 13, last year, McKenzie was shot and killed during night training at the Jamaica Police Academy. It was revealed that no live rounds should have been fired during the exercise.

A probe was launched by the Independent Commission of Investigations, which resulted in the men being charged.

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