St Ann cop found guilty of murder

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A police constable implicated in the murder of a St Ann vendor over three years ago was on Wednesday afternoon convicted in  the St Ann Circuit Court.

The cop, Ricketto Graham of Gayle in St Mary, was found guilty by a seven member jury, who deliberated for approximately 90 minutes.

The constable is to be sentenced on July 14 by Justice Glen Brown in the Home Circuit Court.

Constable Ricketto was charged following investigations into the controversial shooting which resulted in the death of 21-year-old Christopher Hill of Treadlight District in Clarendon.

It was initially reported hat Hill was shot during a confrontation with the police at about 4:30 am on Friday, July 12  on Wesley Crescent in Brown’s Town in St Ann. 

He succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Sunday, July 14, but not before telling of how he had been shot by the cop.

Graham’s defense was that Hill was armed with a knife and attempted to slash his throat.

The prosecution relied on evidence from another police officer, who was at the time on training when Hill was shot. The cop testified that he saw Hill with no knife on the morning in question.

The victim reportedly told a doctor that he pretended to be dead and gave his account of the incident.

The doctor’s account was that Hill told him he had been shot by officers after being questioned for “some crime.”

The doctor said Hill told him that the police had taken his phone and cash and called his mother to inform her that he was dead.

One officer told him to lie down, but Hill said he refused and was then shot twice.

Hill told the doctor he held his breath and pretended to be dead, while the officers left him there and came back and placed him in a van.

However the doctor said Hill did not remember what transpired later as he only remembered waking up in the hospital.

Hill succumbed to his gunshot wounds two days later, the court was told.