September 27, 2021 – Former JCF Constable, Oshane Thompson was found guilty on the charge of murder on Friday, September 24, 2021. The verdict was handed down by Her Ladyship, Mrs Justice C. Tie-Powell in the Home Circuit Court.

The charge was in relation to the May 2017 fatal shooting of Kriston Pearson at a party in Trinity, St. Mary. During INDECOM’s investigation, it was reported that the deceased and the former police officer had an altercation which resulted in the shooting incident.

Mr. Thompson was a suspect in the incident and had been interviewed under caution by INDECOM. Shortly after, he resigned from the police force and left the island to the United States of America (USA). Mr. Thompson was arrested by JCF officials on Thursday, August 30, 2018 upon his deportation to Jamaica, and was subsequently charged following a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

During summation, Her Ladyship Mrs Justice Tie-Powell said that the use of a firearm was unnecessary, unjustified and that the prosecution proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt and negatived self defence.

The Judge only trial, began in July 2021 in the St. Mary Circuit Court. The social enquiry and antecedent reports are to be completed before the accused returns to court, for sentencing, on October 22, 2021.