It was an emotional day at the District “A” Magistrates’ Court as the family and friends of the late Selwyn Knight, curious onlookers and the colleagues of accused Constable Everton Gittens, gathered for the start of the high profile trial.
Widow Marlene Knight broke down in tears as she repeatedly demanded justice for her husband. She insisted that it had taken too long for Gittens to face the law courts.
“I want justice because my husband was a hardworking man and he is the one that support the family and now that he gone, it’s very hard and I want justice in every way possible because it isn’t fair he has not done anyone anything. He was just protecting his home and what his money buy for his grandchildren.”
She had strong backing from her two daughters-in law, Kathy-Ann Savoury and Noelle Yearwood.
“It took too long for him to be arrested,” said Savory. “. . .Today is a good day for us and we know that it is not going to bring back Blues but at least we feel that justice is going to be served in the future.”
Yearwood said: “It should have been done ever since, so justice will be served and everything will be alright.”
The family’s attorney Andrew Pilgrim, Q.C., said it was important for the Knights to feel a sense of justice but he too was concerned about the length of time it had taken before Gittens was charged.
“Somebody said to me that I had gotten what I want. It’s not what I want. If the DPP, in reviewing this file, is of the view that this gentleman should be charged with murder and that is what he has decided, we respect that decision. If he had decided that it should be some other charge, we would have to respect that as well but I still find that there is a delay issue here.”
Meanwhile, sadness and concern were etched on the faces of police officers present. Some of Gittens’ colleagues visibly shed tears and a close acquaintance fainted as he was denied bail and remanded to prison until May 18.