JFJ Press Release: JFJ Welcomes Decision to Charge Former Police Constable in the Kevin Foster Case

JFJ Welcomes Decision to Charge Former Police Constable in the Kevin Foster Case

Monday, September 30, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is pleased with the recent verdict of the jury in the inquest touching the death of Kevin Foster  that former police Constable Kadia Warren is to be charged with  manslaughter.

Mr. Foster, an 18 year-old Janitor, was travelling from St. Elizabeth to Kingston on September 5, 2005 with two other relatives in a car and while on the Spur Tree Hill main road, two police officers who were on foot, signalled the vehicle to stop. Evidence was led during the Coroner’s Inquest that the car was moving fast but slowed when the police gave the signal to stop. The Coroner’s jury was further told that after the vehicle slowed, the police fired a shot that blew out the front right tyre of the car.  The vehicle subsequently sped up and decided to drive to the Mandeville Police Station. It was then that they discovered that Mr. Foster who was sitting in the back seat of the car was shot. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police’s version of the incident claimed that after they signalled the car to stop it drove towards them and that the decision to fire was in self defence. The jury, having heard all the evidence ruled that former police Constable Kadia Warren is to be charged with manslaughter.   He was arrested and charged with manslaughter and released on $300,000 bail on condition that his travel documents be surrendered to the court.

JFJ is pleased that the family of Kevin Foster has gotten some small measure of justice with this verdict which will mean the accused will answer to the charge in the Circuit Court.  The matter is to be brought before the Manchester Circuit Court on October 14, 2013 for mention. Given the more than eight years that the case has taken to reach to this point JFJ fervently hopes that it will be thoroughly, effectively and expeditiously prosecuted to allow some closure to Mr. Foster’s family.  Justice should not be further delayed in this matter.

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