September 3, 2021 – Today, September 3, 2021, JCF officer, Corporal Damion Stewart was placed before the St. Catherine Parish Court, to answer to a Murder charge. This charge was as a result of an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
Corporal Stewart was charged in relation to the double fatal shooting of Oneil Johnson and Ricardo Stewart on March 5, 2018 at the Real Deal Car Wash in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.
The police have reported that a team of five JCF officers were on mobile patrol along the Spanish Town Bypass when men alighted from two vehicles and opened gunfire at the police team. The police allege that, in response, they fired in the direction of the men. After the exchange, two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds. Eyewitnesses to the incident have refuted the police accounts of the incident.
Corporal Stewart was granted bail in the sum of $500,000.00 with one or two sureties and reporting conditions. The mention date is October 11, 2021.