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Cop accused

Police officer charged with murder of Selwyn Knight

A police constable at the centre of public scrutiny and criticism following a fatal shooting over a month ago, has been charged with murder.

Everton Randolph Gittens of Lot #1 Dash Gap, Bank Hall, St Michael, appeared before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today to face murder and two other charges.

Constable Everton Gittens (centre) leaves the court surrounded by colleagues and members of his legal team.

Constable Everton Gittens (centre) leaves the court surrounded by colleagues and members of his legal team.

The 43-year-old, who is accused of murdering Selwyn Knight on March 15, was remanded until May 18.

His two other charges are that on March 15, he recklessly engaged in conduct which placed Junior Knight, son of the deceased, in danger of death or serious bodily harm and unlawfully wounding him with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him or to cause him some serious bodily harm.

The three indictable offences were read to Gittens who was not required to plead.

Knight and his son were allegedly shot by Gittens at Dash Gap, while they were apprehending a man who had just broken into their home and stolen two tablets.

That man, Jamal Amal Skeete, was sentenced a few days later to two years in jail by Magistrate Douglas Frederick. At the time, the repeat-offender expressed regret over the incident and told the court: “Something occurred that should not have occurred . . . I really don’t know what to say about this matter because a whole man’s life has been lost due to my nonsense.”

Selwyn Knight returned home unexpectedly and saw Skeete coming from inside his Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall, St Michael home. When Knight questioned Skeete, he told him he had come for a newspaper. When Knight went inside to get the item for Skeete, he ran off. Both Knight and his son, who was at home, gave chase.

Skeete was held at Dash Gap, Bank Hall by the Knights, and the tablets found in his jacket pocket. The shooting reportedly occurred sometime during that encounter. The father died on the spot while the son had to undergo surgery for two gunshot wounds.

Since then there has been much public outcry about the shooting and the fact that the officer involved had not yet been charged.

Gittens was represented by attorneys-at-law Angella Mitchell-Gittens and Desmond Sands.

Onlookers were kept at bay this morning as the courtyard was cordoned off by crash barriers. Those who had business at any of the three courts had to state what that was before being let through by police officers.

Family and friends of Selwyn Knight and onlookers, including widow Marlene (centre) behind the police barricade as they await the arrival  of Constable Everton Gittens.

Family and friends of Selwyn Knight and onlookers, including widow Marlene (centre) behind the police barricade as they await the arrival of Constable Everton Gittens.

Meanwhile, as the day progressed, several police officers of all ranks entered the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court No. 2, waiting for the matter to be called.

When the accused arrived, he was escorted in by a superintendent of police. While the charges were being read, some of the officers appeared pensive, others distressed and a few sobbed quietly.

At the conclusion of the matter, Gittens was escorted from the building in the company of several of his colleagues. He was then placed inside a waiting vehicle at the bottom of the courtroom steps.

From there, it is understood that a late afternoon effort to get bail from High Court judge Olson Alleyne was also denied.

Source: (Sandra Downes)

4 Responses to Cop accused

  1. Nicole Robinson
    Nicole Robinson April 21, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Isn’t it funny how he has all those charges against him and he walking about in court with no handcuffs and the man that thief the stuff was cuffed and hassled off to jail quicker than this murderer. Bim wanna never cease to amaze me!

  2. Sandra basc April 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I hear you girl. My thoughts exactly and where was the prison bus to transport him. : Barbados is all about different strokes for different folks.

  3. doanwachwe April 21, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Small island syndrome. Where the lions and wolves make a mess of the sheep. Do as we say and …..doan watch we. The kings in politricks, the lions enforce, and the poor sheep are lef to be paupers. Hhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm……..

  4. Tony Waterman April 22, 2015 at 2:44 am

    This actually shows the state of affairs in Barbados, when a person, all be it a Police constable, Charged with Murdering one person, and wounding the Other with Intent, is allowed to be escorted into Court by of all , a Superintendent of Police, and allowed to “”leave the court surrounded by colleagues (Police Persons)”” and i am wondering if the COP is ok with that, considering that the average Citizen would Obviously be treated much Differently. How Does the COP think that this looks to the Family of the Deceased (Murdered) person and other Citizens, who they are asking everyday to help them solve Criminal Issues ??.
    on another Issue, This Accused/Charged Police Officer, it was brought to my attention, was the or one of the Police Persons, who accompanied Miss. Shanique Myrie, into that now infamous ROOM where she CLAIMED she was Allegedly Vaginally assaulted, He was also allegedly the Police officer who arrested the Immigration Officer at the GAIA, and that Officer Now at the Bridgetown port, olny last week Complained that this same Cst.Everton Gittens, who was supposed to be on Desk duty, at least until the outcome of this Investigation, was actually in the Port Harassing him along with other members of the RBPF.
    so it looks as if we actually have some ROGUE COP Dealing with in the RBPF.
    lets hope that the COP is still in the process of weeding out the BAD Apples, as this does not auger well for the LOOK of the RBPF or the RESPECT that it needs with the people who it has vowed to Serve, Protect and Respect.


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