Two cops accused of killing tiler in St. Andrew denied bail

The two police officers charged with the murder of a 29-year-old tiler in Red Hills in St. Andrew, were denied bail on Friday when they appeared in the Gun Court Division of the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court.
Constable Purcell Carter and Corporal Miguel Ebanks are to return to court on September 6.
When the matter was called up, attorneys John Jacobs and Courtney Rowe, who represent Corporal Ebanks, submitted that their client was on duty when the shooting took place.
Attorneys Valerie Neita-Robertson and Kimberli Whittaker, who represent Mr. Carter, argued that the description and alias the eyewitness gave are not those of their client.
Mr. Carter's defence team also argued that he is not a flight risk as he voluntarily surrendered to the police.
The prosecution, in opposing bail, raised concern that the policemen could seek to interfere with witnesses.
Prior to refusing both applications, Judge Leighton Morris instructed the prosecution to put measures in place to ensure that the witness cannot be interfered with and is protected.
The attorneys have signalled that they intend to appeal Mr. Morris' decision.
The two cops, who are assigned to the St. Andrew North Police Division, were arrested shortly after the death of Phillip Wallace, a resident of Green Glide Close in Red Hills.
On July 16, Mr. Wallace was shot while sitting outside a bar in his community.
It's alleged that he was killed after refusing to pay the policemen in order not to bring charges against him.

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