Three murder convicted cops offered bail on appeal

The three police officers who were convicted on February 8, for killing Immaculate Conception High School student Vanessa Kirkland will be able to spend Christmas with their families.

The police constables, Andrewain Smith, Durvin Hayles and Anna-Kay Bailey, who were sentenced to 14 years and 6 months each on May 27, 2019 were offered $2.5 million bail following a successful application by their attorneys Peter Champagnie, Oswest Senior-Smith and Kemar Robinson in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Smith, Hayles and Bailey are to surrender their travel documents and report to the Police Commissioner’s Office three days per week as part of their bail conditions.

Stop orders were also imposed at all ports of entry and exit while the officers await the hearing of the substantive appeal.

During the five-week trial the court heard evidence that sometime after 9 o’ clock on the night of March 20, 2012, Constables Bailey, Hayles and Smith drove on to Norman Lane in Kingston and opened fire on a blue Suzuki Swift motorcar parked along the left side of the road.

Kirkland, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was shot dead.

Six other people were reportedly shot and injured in the incident.

Throughout the trial, the cops maintained that they acted in self-defense claiming that they were fired upon by men who exited from the vehicle.

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