Interest charge

Murder charge for cop in PC Gilkes murder | Additional News

One of the officers detained in connection with the murder of Constable Clarence Gilkes has been charged with murder.

The Express understands that the officer was also charged with shooting with intent and perverting the course of public justice.

A second officer was also charged with shooting with intent and perverting the course of public justice. She was placed on $500,000 bail.

Both men were charged at St Joseph Police Station on Saturday after being detained by the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) the day before. They were interrogated for eight hours in the presence of their attorneys – lead attorney Israel Khan and attorneys Ulric Skerit and Arissa Maharaj.

Both defendants are expected to appear virtually before a magistrate on Monday.

Gilkes was killed on April 22 while at Rich Plain Road, Diego Martin.

He was among a group of 12 officers who responded to a report that men were brandishing guns in the area. Police initially claimed responsibility for an exchange of gunfire after being shot by people on the roadway.

Jahlano Romney has been identified as a person of interest in the shooting. However, he claimed his innocence and surrendered, with his lawyer, to the police. He was eventually released without charge.

An autopsy showed Gilkes had been shot in the neck from behind.

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) investigated and found that a police bullet had killed Gilkes. He also said that members of the police department had abused their power and deliberately misled acting police commissioner Mc Donald Jacob.