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Cops ‘will now have to investigate’

LISA KING, [email protected]

Cops ‘will now have to investigate’

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POLICE WILL HAVE to do more investigating rather than relying on written or verbal confessions in light of a recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) decision, a number of defence counsel agreed yesterday.

Among them was Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim who had filed the successful challenge in which the CCJ ruled that the sole evidence of a confession was not enough for the prosecution to secure convictions.

He was taking part in yesterday’s Brass Tacks Sunday call-in programme which examined the five-judge panel overturning the Vincent Orlando Haynes and Richard Leroy Edwards’ conviction and death sentence after they were found guilty of the August 11, 2006 murder of Damien Alleyne.

The CCJ said the only evidence linking the two to the murder was their alleged oral confessions to police in separate interviews almost a year after Alleyne’s murder and agreed Pilgrim’s argument that sole evidence was unreliable. (LK)

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