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May 22, 2014
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Voluntary Bill of Indictment preferred for accused murderer
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A member of the Jamaica Defence Force accused of using his helmet to beat a man to death had his matter transferred to the St Catherine Circuit Court and a Voluntary Bill of Indictment was preferred against him.

He is Kevin Gardener, 32-year-old vendor from Bog Walk in St Catherine.

When the matter was mentioned before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, defence attorney, Vincent Wellesley, was told that the bill was granted by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The matter was then set for mention in the St Catherine Circuit on June 24.

Allegations are that Gardener was a part of a joint police/military patrol in Spanish Town, St Catherine in December last year, when they saw a man being beaten for refusal to pay his bus fare.

The man was taken to the police post in the bus park and was later hit with a helmet worn by the accused. He was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to injuries received.

An investigation was launched by the Independent Commission of Investigations and following a ruling by the director of public prosecutions, the accused was charged with murder.

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