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West Kingston Enquiry: 'Police document is incorrect, I spent four days in detention, not one'

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A former Tivoli Garden resident has testified that an official police document indicating that he only spent one day at the detention centre created at the National Arena during the May 2010 operations was incorrect.

Instead, Oneil Smith told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that he spent four days at the Arena.

An official police release form cited by counsel to the commission Symone Mayhew, indicated that Smith was detained on May 27, 2010 and released the same day.

However, Smith insisted that he was taken into custody on Wednesday May 26, 2010 and not released until the Saturday.

Responding to questions from attorney for the Jamaica Constabulary Force Deborah Martin, the former Tivoli Gardens resident said at the time he was released he did not check the date on the document because he was happy to be leaving.

Smith described the conditions at the National Arena as deplorable, saying the facility was smelly and he was unable to take a bath.

He also testified that while at the arena he only had one meal.