Cop to be charged with murder

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Yesterday Acting Director of Public Prosecution, Lisa Palmer-Hamilton ruled that Corporal Dwayne Smart be charged with the murder of Kayann Lamont. Corporal Smart shot and killed the eight month old pregnant woman in the head in Yallahs Square on Saturday. The shooting incident occurred when Smart accosted Lamont for using indecent language, she resisted a tussled ensued and Lamont was shot in the head and her sister in the shoulder. Kayann and Novia were taken to hospital where Kayann was pronounced dead and Novia treated and sent home.

The prosecution is now expected to skip the preliminary enquiry stage of the case in the St Thomas Resident Magistrate's Court and have the matter transferred to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, which is expected to reopen on September 17.

Since the incident the family has retained the services of former Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne to get compensation from the State over the incident.

In the meantime, the Police High Command has since expressed regret at the shooting and promises to take all possible steps to minimise the use of force in their interaction with citizens.

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