12-year cop saga nears end
TWELVE YEARS AFTER his police partner was killed, Constable Richard Garrett looks set to get closure and his name cleared.
In a lawsuit brought by the lawman for an undisclosed sum against the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General, Justice Dr Sonia Richards has given the state a final 14 days to get its filing in order, if not judgement will go to Garrett.
The 20-year veteran of the Royal Barbados Police Force sued the state in 2005 for defamation after an August 22, 2004 press conference led by then acting Commissioner Bertie Hinds announced that Constable Dexter Yarde (right) had been killed in friendly fire while responding to a burglary at Vauxhall, St James with partner Garrett.
The lawsuit went before the No. 6 Supreme Court yesterday and attorney Alicia Archer asked the judge to rule in the policeman’s favour since the defendant had failed over and over to comply with court deadlines for filing documents and putting a defence. (KC/AC)
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