THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS (DPP) has recommended that Jamar Maynard’s death by police gunfire should be investigated by a coroner and not be a case in a criminal court.
The move has triggered the ire of the deceased man’s family who are insisting that the officer who fired the shot should be charged.
Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin confirmed to the DAILY NATION yesterday that he received correspondence two weeks ago from DPP Charles Leacock, QC, advising that a coroner’s inquest be convened to get to the bottom of the April 3 fatal shooting.
The police chief did not say on what grounds the decision was made.
When contacted yesterday, Jamar’s mother Deborah Maynard said she had not yet been informed of the decision and was “caught off-guard” and was “very upset” about the news.