THE man accused of murdering former Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Chairman Douglas Chambers was yesterday acquitted in the Home Circuit Court, six years after the matter was brought before the court.
Andre Bryan, who was on trial for the murder of Chambers in 2008, was found not guilty by six of the seven jurors.
Allegations are that on June 27, 2008, Chambers was shot dead at the JUTC depot in Spanish Town, St Catherine, after he had left a meeting to smoke a cigarette.
According to police reports, two gunmen, armed with a high-powered rifle and a .45 handgun, shot him repeatedly in the head.
The gunmen escaped on foot in bushes on the outskirts of a community known as Fish Ground — a volatile informal settlement which is notorious for its loyalty to the Klansman gang.
The prosecution had alleged that Chambers was killed because of a restructuring he was carrying out at the bus company at the time.
Bryan was arrested and charged in April 2010 after participating in an identification parade. He had remained in custody since then.
Following the verdict yesterday, Bryan’s aunt, who was overwhelmed with joy, said that she believes God has a plan for her nephew.
“I am just giving God thanks, God has given him another chance, thanks be to God. I know my nephew and I know that he was innocent,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
The woman, while noting that her nephew’s incarceration was unfair, said that she is not angry at the justice system.
“God kept him there, maybe if he was not there he would have been killed or killed on the road. I am very pleased with the result,” she added.
He was represented by Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson and attorney Kymberli Whittaker.
— Racquel Porter