No bail for ex-cop accused of killing entertainer Instaboss

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instaboss.jpgThe bail application for a former Jamaican police officer who fled the island after the killing of an entertainer in St Mary last year, was denied in the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday.

Oshane Wayne Thompson is implicated in the killing of upcoming deejay, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as 'Instaboss' or 'Maffie', of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Pearson was shot dead on May 7, 2017. The presiding parish judge denied bail on the basis of possible witness interference, and also with a view of the accused being a likely flight risk. The case is scheduled for committal proceedings on October 2.

Last year Thompson resigned from the police force after being questioned about the death of Pearson, which occurred during an altercation between the two, reportedly over a woman, at a party in St Mary. Thompson then fled the island, but was recently arrested and handed over to the Jamaican authorities by the US Enforcement and Removal Operations Unit. He arrived in the island on August 30, and was arrested by Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers and later charged with the murder of Pearson.

The charges against him followed prior investigations, including by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) which indicated in a release after the accused man's arrival in Jamaica that a number of local agencies, including the JCF, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the commission, had played important roles in fostering the capture and deportation of the fugitive former lawman.

INDECOM said it had also recommended to the DPP earlier this year that Thompson, when caught, be charged with murder in relation to the Pearson killing. An attorney for the former cop recently said Thompson, in fleeing the country, acted out of fear for his life, after having received a number of death threats.

Attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing the ex-policeman, did not go into details then, but said the ex-cop did not leave the country through any illegal means.