January 25, 2019 – Constable Collis Brown was today sentenced to 51 years imprisonment before parole following the guilty verdict on November 15, 2018 for murder (three counts), wounding with intent and conspiracy to commit murder.
The ruling was handed down by Justice Vivene Harris in the Supreme Court this afternoon.
- Conspiracy to commit murder – 8 years hard labour
- Murder of Demoy Dawkins – life in prison (20 years before parole)
- Wounding with intent – 15 years
Counts 1-3 to run concurrently.
- Murder of Andrew Fearon – life in prison (31 years hard labour)
- Murder of Dwayne Douglas – life in prison (31 years hard labour)
Counts 4-5 to run concurrently and consecutive to counts 1-3.
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) believes that this case has identified some important issues:
- All police officers must recognise that they are personally responsible for their actions.
- Police officers must have the courage, as witnesses, to speak out against, and challenge the wrongdoings of, their colleagues and make reports to INDECOM.
- Certain actions and allegations were acknowledged as falling far below the expected standards of serving members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). INDECOM is hopeful that such unlawful practices will never be repeated.
INDECOM encourages all police officers to enforce the law in a legitimate manner and persevere in their earnest efforts to continue to prevent and reduce crime. Jamaican citizens must also understand that the law cannot truly be enforced by using unlawful actions.