Jamaica: Cops Convicted Of Killing Schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland Each Granted $2.5 Million bail

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – The three cops found guilty of manslaughter in relation to the death of 16-year-old schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland in March 2012 have each been granted $2.5 million bail.

Constables Ardewain Smith, 35, Durvin Hayles, 33, and Anna-Kay Bailey, 27, were ordered by Justice Carol Edwards to surrender their travel documents and to report three times weekly to the Office of the Commissioner of Police.

Stop orders were also placed on all three.

The bail applications were made in chambers today by attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing Smith, Kemar Robinson, who is representing Hayles, and Oswest Senior-Smith, who is representing Bailey.

The cops have filed an appeal challenging their February convictions.

The three were on February 8 found guilty of manslaughter by a seven-member jury in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

During the trial, the court heard that Bailey, Hayles, and Smith drove on to Norman Lane in Kingston sometime after 9 o’ clock on March 20, 2012, and opened fire on a blue Suzuki Swift motorcar which was parked along the left side of the road.

Kirkland and six other occupants inside the car were shot.

She subsequently died from her injuries.