Jamaica Crime News: An ex-police officer who spent the last 31 years of his life in prison on murder charges, without being convicted, is expected to be a free man in short order, following a declaration by the Director of Public Prosecution.
The ex-policeman, Walter Blackstock, who served as a police officer from 1975 to 1985, was accused of beating a woman to death with a hammer in October of 1987.
He was arrested and charged with the murder, however, he was never convicted because it was disclosed that, he was suffering from mental health issues, which he developed during a motor vehicle accident in December of 1977.
A psychiatric evaluation was ordered and Mr. Blackstock was placed through several sessions, but to date, a mandatory assessment of his condition never went back to the office of the DPP.
Recently, a petition was sent to the Governor General by Attorne-at-law and Human Rights Activist, Nancy Anderson. A response was sent back from the Governor General’s office indicating that, the Governor General cannot act on the matter, based on the fact that Mr. Blackstock was never convicted of the crime.
The Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn, said her office will not be embarking on a trial of the matter, given the circumstances.
According to Mr. Llewellyn, Mr. Blackstock will have to go through another psychiatric evaluation, to determine if he is fit to go back in general population.