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Not a cover-up, says officer

Dawne Parris

Not a cover-up, says officer

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A police constable has denied being part of any cover-up in the fatal shooting of Jamar Maynard a year and a half ago.
Constable Godwin Charles told the Coroner’s Court yesterday there was nothing unusual about him collaborating with fellow Constable Krist Drakes before giving his statement about the shooting that occurred in The City on the night of April 3, 2012.
He sought to make that clear during cross-examination by attorney at law Ajamu Boardi, as the inquest into Maynard’s unnatural death continued.
During his two and a half hours on the stand, Charles told the court that the first time he put in writing what had happened the night was on April 17, 2012, when he dictated a statement to Assistant Superintendent John Annel.
He acknowledged that he collaborated with Drakes prior to giving the statement.
“Me and Constable Drakes had certain discussions relative to the incident,” he said in response to questions from Boardi. “This is a normal practice.”