May 24, 2013 News
By Dale Andrews
The father of murdered Police Corporal Romain Cleto is convinced that his late son’s colleagues who were with him the night he was killed, hold the key to the real identity of the killer(s).
David Kendall voiced the opinion hours after Shaka Chase, the man who police had charged with Cleto’s murder was set free by a magistrate following the withdrawal of the charge by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“Well, as far as I concern, the colleagues who was with him, his fellow policemen, they have something to say because they are alive. The driver is alive, the other guy who get hit, they have something to say,” Kendall told this newspaper.
Investigators appear to have relied heavily on a ‘confession’ purportedly obtained from a woman who subsequently revealed that she had been tortured to sign a statement in which she identified Shaka Chase as one of the persons in the car that the killers were using at the time of the shooting.
Romain Cleto was gunned down on April 27, last, in full view of dozens of persons who were assembled near the Plaisance Bus Park.
The police had indicated that they had detained suspects and even went ahead and charged one of them without the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The move backfired causing great embarrassment to the force and frustration to the dead cop’s grieving relatives.
Kaieteur News understands that the DPP found several discrepancies in the police investigations, especially when it comes to the identity of the killer. An alleged eyewitness had described the shooter as a fair-skinned mixed race individual as against a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks.
There was also some concern over the swabbing of the suspects’ hands as reported by the police, who claimed that they found gunpowder residue.
“With all the discrepancies, the police cannot readily say for sure if the man they brought to court was at the scene of the shooting,” a source informed this newspaper.
“There are all sorts of reports. They finding, they beating, they picking up and they loosing, but I ain’t saying nothing,” the dead cop’s father said.
There were some earlier reports that the ranks who were with Cleto on that fateful night last month had given conflicting reports on the matter.
Kendall, who was present in court when Shaka Chase was set free, told Kaieteur News that he was at a loss when the former murder accused walked out of the courtroom.
“What I observed going on there this morning at the court, I just break out… like I didn’t know which part of Georgetown I was walking but I walking, heading home,” he explained.
Lillian Cleto, the late cop’s mother, shares the same view as her husband with regards to her late son’s colleagues.
“Yes, the people who were with him, they supposed to say is which person or they supposed to see something…somebody, but nobody ain’t saying anything. We want justice,” she declared.
The couple said that they have not been able to speak to any of Cleto’s colleagues to find out what happened during the last minutes of their son’s life.
For Lillian Cleto, she wants the police to find the real killers, adding that she would not like to see an innocent man pay for the murder of her son.
“I would like to know that they get the right person, the right killer,” she said.
She could not say if she felt any hatred towards the suspect when she first set eyes on him on Tuesday.
“I was just watching at him and thinking, well, I wondering if he’s the killer of my son. I remember watching at him and saying to myself, ‘I hope this is the right person’,” she said.
“I would glad if I could get justice and find the right person… that is all I want,” she added tearfully.
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