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May 5, 2014
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Cops on murder charge granted $2m bail
Deon Green, Star Writer

Three police constables charged with the 2010 murder of Daine Hope were on Friday granted $2 million bail each when they appeared in the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Constables Kevin Thomas, Moses Donald and Lascelles Dunkley, who were attached to the Yallahs police Station at the time of the shooting, were ordered to surrender all travel documents and report to the police twice weekly. They are booked to return to court on May 28, when the case will again be mentioned.

At the time of the shooting, it was reported that the three constable were on an operation in the Lloyds area near Yallahs in St Thomas, searching for the now deceased man. It alleged that the police went to Hope's house and saw him hiding in a barrel. It is further alleged that, when accosted by the police Hope pulled a weapon and the police retaliated by shooting him. Hope was taken to hospital where he later died.

The shooting, subsequent death and discovery of a barrel smeared with blood floating in the Yallahs Pond resulted in a demonstration by residents in the area. In their protest, the residents claimed that the barrel in the Yallahs Pond was the same barrel that Hope was hiding in from the police and that he had been killed in cold blood. The residents further questioned why the barrel was not secured by the police if there was nothing to hide.

The concerns led to an investigation by the Bureau of Special Investigation. Two weeks ago, the director of public prosecution ruled that the men be charged for murder. The constables are represented by attorneys Hensley Williams, Valerie Neita-Robertson and Debras Martin.

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