Police Constable Arrested and Charged with Murder in Death of Devon Delisser
Thursday, March 8, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is encouraged by the recent developments in the Devon Delisser case. Constable Mark Grant who is accused of fatally shooting Delisser was arrested on a warrant and charged with the offence of murder.
Delisser was on his way home from work when he was shot and killed by police on Jun 16, 2010 on Norman Lane, Kingston 13. He had decided to take a stop on the side of the road. While he was there three police cars began to proceed past him when a loud explosion was heard. Mr. Delisser was subsequently taken to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) by the police where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The police admitted that the shooting was accidental and apologized. It was reported by the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN) that the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Mr. Delisser was taken off front line duties. At the request of JFJ, the police assisted the family of Delisser with burial expenses.
Even though JFJ is heartened by the direction in which the case has progressed, we are displeased with the length of time taken to investigate and issue a ruling in the matter. Investigation into the case took more than six months and the file was not forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) until January 3, 2011. It took a further 11 months for the ODPP to make a decision in the case and it wasn’t until December 19, 2011 that the ruling was issued which stated “there was sufficient material on the file contained in the statements of the police officers and the Ballistic Certificate to support a recommendation that the criminal charge of Murder be preferred against Constable Mark Grant”. JFJ is once again appealing to the relevant authorities to address these lengthy delays occurring at crucial stages of the justice system.
The policeman is to next appear before the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate Court on March 27, 2012. Given the delays that have occurred in the matter, JFJ hopes that the case will proceed expeditiously.