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West Kingston Enquiry: 11 soldiers suffered permanent disabilities, says JDF medical officer

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 11:34 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Eleven Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers have suffered permanent disabilities as a result of injuries sustained during the May 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens.

That's according to JDF medical officer Major Gayle Ranglin-Edwards who told the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry this morning that they were among 26 JDF soldiers who suffered injuries in the first two days of the operation.

Major Ranglin-Edwards says the army has accelerated the retirement of these soldiers as a result of the disabilities.

She testified that 14 of the 26 soldiers suffered gunshot wounds.

One of them was private Maurice Green, the only member of the JDF killed during the operation.


JDF Medical Officer, Major Gayle Ranglin-Edwards

Ranglin-Edwards also gave testimony about a soldier that was shot in the neck.


JDF Medical Officer, Major Gayle Ranglin-Edwards

The medical doctor also said one of the soldiers had to have his leg amputated above the knee.