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LIVITY COKE SHOT IN HELLSHIRE, COPS EXPECT REPRISALS IN WEST KINGSTON

Published in Breaking Jamaican and World News Written by  ROBERT MURPHY April 30 2017 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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The police are seeking a lone gunman who was involved in the shooting of Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, and a woman, 44 year-old Claudia Watkis, early this morning in Hellshire, St. Catherine.   
The shooting victims are Watkis, an unemployed woman of 6 Carkis Close, Kingston 8 and Andre Leighton o/c "Livity" Coke, 40 years old, an entrepreneur of 13 Crawford Avenue Kingston 8. Both were shot and injured by unknown assailant. 
 
Reports are that both victims were walking along the Hellshire main road when they heard explosions and realized later that they were both shot.  Watkis received gunshot wounds to the chest and arms whilst Leighton received gunshot wounds to the chest, arms and legs.  They were both taken to the Spanish Town Hospital for treatment.  Det/Cpl. S. Smith of the Portmore CIB is investigating.
 
The police intercepted the lone gunman on a bike and he jumped from the bike and made good his escape.  The bike is now at the divisional headquarters of the St. Catherine South division in Greater Portmore.
 
Last year, the Full Court shot down the lawsuit brought by 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 centre was lawful.
 
Coke 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. 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.
 
In the dismissed suit, Coke 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.
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