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Jemark "Parch Nuts" Jackson. (iWN file photo)
Jemark “Parch Nuts” Jackson. (iWN file photo)

Jemark “Parch Nuts” Jackson, the 29-year-old Campden Park who was found dead in his yard on Friday night was a key witness in a pending murder trial.

Jackson — who made national headlines in 2008 when three detectives beat him into a coma, when he was just 15 years old — had gunshot wounds, police said on Monday.

Police responded, around 9 p.m. Friday, to a report that a male, later identified as Jackson, was lying unresponsive in a yard.

Detectives found that Jackson had wounds to the body, which police said on Monday are gunshot wounds.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted and police have ruled Jackson’s death as the 18th homicide in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year.

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They have not offered any theories about the death.

Jackson is a key witness in the case in which Glenville Harry, of Vermont, and Jerome Ollivierre and Ulric Hanson, of Mayreau, are to be tried for murder in connection with the 2018 death of Rodney George.

George, a 50-year-old security guard, of Victoria Village, died between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 and 11:28 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2018 at Arnos Vale after being stabbed about the body.

The death of Jackson is not expected to affect the outcome of the murder trial when it is held, as his evidence was received during the preliminary inquiry, and all of the accused were represented at that stage and their lawyers had the opportunity to cross examine him.

Jackson first made national headlines when, in November 2008, he was left in a coma for seven days after three detectives beat him about the body while he was in police custody.

On Feb. 2, 2010, the detectives — then-Corporal Kasankie Quow and then-Constables Osrick James and Hadley Ballantyne — were each found guilty of assaulting Jackson on Nov. 18, 2008, at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Kingstown.

The court heard that Quow beat Jackson with a hose and James and Ballantyne slammed him on the floor three times.

Jackson was later taken to hospital where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit in a coma for seven days.

The court fined the officers EC$1,500 each and then Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller, accepted them back into the Police Force.

The officers appealed their conviction and sentence, but lost.

Since then, Jackson has made the national headlines in relation to a number of crimes, including aggravated burglary, theft, and handling stolen goods.

9 replies on “Man found dead was key witness in murder trial”

  1. Another death but alas its common here now but reading that he was put in hospital at the age of 15 and the three officers fined not jailed and just to show police can get away with anything given their jobs back and no politician lawyers judges see anything wrong with that ????? Uno deserve what Uno get…… Bad corrupt police politicians and such forth then they will jail the poor man for nothing are well we all soon dead

  2. Why were these police men accepted back in the goon squad? A kid almost killed by these criminals were accepted to continue their criminal activities. SVG is being controlled by criminals for several years now. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!

  3. Duke DeArment says:

    It seems this young man was a bad boy but maybe many in the police are also encouraged to also be bad boys. I wonder when we are going to look into our system here in SVG and maybe create some policy that “creates” less bad boys. The standard policy of beating suspects is not helpful. At the very least it is obvious that the majority of the public do not respect or like the police, maybe the police do nnot respect the public. Some people believe the police are the biggest gangsters in the country, operating under the protection of “status and position” (ie, protection) rather than truth or justice or law. Obviously those in charge have no desire whatsoever to change the status quo.
    The discussion is long overdue. As long as those in charge keep avoiding any discussion on what to do to make things better in SVG, change will not happen. Recently with the release of the Fauchi emails it has been disclosed that most of the Covid-19 information are lies, what about adopting the restrictions to accompany that information, such as the policy of wearing USELESS masks? (apparently masks have become some sort of pacifier for many). If the system in SVG has been proven to exacerbate poverty, why don’t we work to change things? Those changes may help to reduce crime at the same time. Do we have anyone in government that know how to think, or do they just not care enough about the country? Maybe power, priveledge and comfort matter more.

  4. The punishment for these three officers if you can call them that is a joke, giving them back their job is even more reprehensible. Them three should of served jail time and be unemployed.

  5. This is ur final headline.. u bein involved so many times years go an come u didnt pull urself away

  6. In this little island if saint Vincent to much killings is taking place there. What is wrong with out island people there. As the saying goes there is hands from the devil us upon you all. To much. Have mercy on our people.

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