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New court date for cops implicated in murder case
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The two police officers implicated in the shooting deaths of three relatives in Westmoreland last year were given new court dates when they appeared before the Trelawny Circuit Court last Friday.

Constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell, who are charged with the March 15, 2013 shooting deaths of brothers Andrew and Triston Brydson and their cousin Kingsley Green, had their bails extended until June 30.

Clerk of the court Yanique Gardner told presiding High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, that the prosecution's case file was ready. However, she added that defence attorneys Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Peter Champagnie, who are representing Hines and Campbell, respectively, and who were absent from court, had not been fully briefed by their clients.

"On the last occasion, the matter was set for some CDs (evidence) that were outstanding. We are now in possession of the CDs, but I know that counsel (lawyers Champagnie and Samuels-Brown) would have to take instructions from their clients," said Gardner.

"When does the next Circuit Court start?" asked Justice Gayle.

"June 16, but we have a priority matter for that day," said Gardner.

"We will have to mention this matter on June 30, and the reason is for a trial date to be set," said Justice Gayle. "Gentlemen, your bails are extended until June 30, please inform your lawyers of the date."

The Brydson brothers and their cousin, Kingsley Green, were killed on March 15, 2013, in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, by a police team who claimed the men had engaged them in a shoot-out. The police account was hotly disputed by residents and relatives of the men, who staged several days of protests demanding justice.

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