The Full Court this morning shot down the lawsuit brought by Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke, the brother of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, against the State over his alleged assault by soldiers at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre and the use of soldiers at the facility.
The court ruled that the soldier’s presence in the remand center was lawful.
Coke – who had been an inmate at Horizon shortly after the Tivoli Gardens operation of 2010 to apprehend his brother and subdue gunmen, until 2012, when he was acquitted of gun-related charges – had argued that it’s illegal for Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers to man the facility without the consent of the Defence Board or the prime minister.
The action forms part of a suit filed by Coke seeking compensation for allegedly being beaten and injured at the hands of soldiers in February 2012 in the maximum security facility.
He was being held on allegations that he had fired at members of the security forces, but was freed last year in the High Court Division of the Gun Court.
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Named as defendants in the suit filed by attorneys Carolyn Reid-Cameron and Chukwuemeka Cameron are the commissioner of corrections, the chief of defence staff, the Ministry of National Security, and the attorney general.