First Court appearance of manslaughter accused to draw large crowd on Tuesday

A massive crowd of protestors is expected to descend on areas outside the Magistrate’s Court in St.George’s on Tuesday.

The occasion is the first court appearance of five police officers charged for the manslaughter of Grenadian born Canadian resident Oscar Bartholomew.

Officers Edward Gibson, Shaun Ganness, Ruddy Felix, Kenton Hazzard and Wendell Sylvester are expected to have their charges read to them.

During tomorrow’s court appearance a decision is expected to be taken as to whether the five will be granted bail or remanded to the Richmond Hill prison.

A date is also expected to be set for their next court appearance.

Before the officers were charged Police Commissioner Willan Thompson refused to release the names of officers believed to be involved in the killing.

Hundreds are therefore expected to show up in front the court house to catch a glimpse of the faces of the police men.

Many are expected to use the opportunity to join an anti-police brutality campaign which has been gathering momentum in the country following the Boxing Day death of Bartholomew.

Since the incident there has been national outrage as reflected in two sets of demonstrations outside of the police station in rural St David’s.©

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