Higgler convicted for cop’s murder

A jury retired for two hours yesterday and convicted 23-year-old higgler Christopher Thomas of Brook Valley, Duhaney Park, St Andrew, for the murder of Detective Corporal Dave Daley.

Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith has put off sentencing until today in the Home Circuit Court.

Daley was shot 17 times in Brook Valley on February 12, 2007.

The Crown, represented by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Diahann Gordon-Harrison and Crown Counsel Adley Duncan, led evidence at the in-camera trial that about 9 p.m. on the day of the incident, Daley went to Brook Valley to collect money from the driver of his minibus.

A man threw a stone, which dented Daley’s motor car. He got out of his car to ask why the man had thrown the stone.

Shot several times

Evidence was given that Thomas ran towards Daley and shot him several times in the back. The police recovered 42 spent shells, fired from four guns, from the murder scene.

Joel Anderson, the man who threw the stone damaging Daley’s car, was shot and killed by Daley during the incident.

In his defence, Thomas, who was represented by attorneys-at-law C.J. Mitchell and Patrick Peterkin, said he was at his home in Brook Valley, which was some distance away from where the shooting took place. He said he heard gunshots on the night of the incident but he was not involved in the shooting.

Thomas was tried for the murder in January 2008 but the jury failed to arrive at a verdict and a retrial was ordered.

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