Police given until Friday to charge cops, civilians implicated in St. Ann fatal shooting

By Clinton McGregor     
A St. Ann parish judge has given the police until Friday to charge or release the three policemen and five civilians implicated in the fatal shooting of a man at a Mother's fast food restaurant on main street in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, two weeks ago.
Attorney Donovan Collins, who is representing two of the policemen and a civilian in the case, filed a writ in the St. Ann Parish Court on Tuesday demanding that the men be charged or released.
He argued that the policemen and civilians have been in custody without charge since January 27.
The presiding judge then gave the police until Friday to make a decision.
Mr. Collins had filed another writ before the Trelawny Parish Court last week.
The attorney confirmed with Radio Jamaica News that two of the policemen were pointed out during an identification parade.
Investigators are compiling a file for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions for her to determine whether criminal charges should be laid against the three policemen.
The policemen along with the five civilians are under investigation for the murder of 30-year-old Cajay Simms, of Bartles Town in Gayle, St. Mary.
Mr. Simms was gunned down inside the popular fast food restaurant during a brawl with a group of men on January 27.
It was reported that Mr. Simms and his friend got into a dispute with a group of men which became physical.
It's alleged that he used a knife to slash two of the men.
Investigators say one of the men went outside, returned with a firearm and shot Mr. Simms in the chest.
The group of men then fled the scene in a convoy of four vehicles to St. James.
Mr. Simms was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators arrested the policemen and civilians after reviewing CCTV footage inside the restaurant.
Radio Jamaica News was informed that the police have identified the shooter but he remains at large.

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