February 10, 2022 – Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Officer, Corporal Kirk Haye was found guilty on the charge of unlawful wounding today, Thursday, February 10, 2022, arising from an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
The charge was in relation to the shooting injury of a (now former) female student of Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) School on June 30, 2016. During INDECOM’s investigation, it was ascertained that a man who was operating a “robot” taxi transporting students of Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) and St. George’s College, was stopped by the police. This taxi stopped and then drove away and the police opened fire at the vehicle. One of the bullets hit the female student in the head. She was 13 years old at the time of the incident.
Five (5) members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), attached to the Mobile Reserve Division, were subsequently charged in relation to the shooting injury. Four officers were acquitted of the charges of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Corporal Haye was the only officer charged with unlawful wounding.
The guilty verdict was handed down by Her Honour Miss Sanchia Burrell in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court. Corporal Haye will be sentenced on March 30, 2022.