Double whammy

Senior cop found guilty on two counts collapses in court

Saturday, November 24, 2018

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SENIOR Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle was yesterday found guilty in the St James Court Parish Court for the January 2016 shooting injury of a pregnant woman in Mount Salem.

A guilty verdict was returned on two counts — misconduct in public office and unlawful wounding.

The senior police officer reportedly fainted when the judgement was handed down shortly after noon yesterday.

His condition was not known up to press time yesterday.

SSP Castelle was one of two police officers charged with unlawful wounding, unlawful discharge of firearm, and misconduct in a public office in May 2016, following a probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) into the January 22 incident, in which a police team reportedly chased and opened gunfire at a motor car after the driver disobeyed the officers' order to stop.

District constable Rohan McIntosh was the other policeman charged in connection with the shooting incident.

The policemen reportedly chased the motor car and allegedly fired at the vehicle, hitting 19-year-old Janice Hines who was sitting in the back seat of the car.

The car subsequently ran into the back of another motor vehicle.

INDECOM Western Jamaica Director Of Complaints Errol Chattoo said, during its investigations, INDECOM relied strongly on forensic evidence before charges were laid.

SSP Castelle is to return to court on December 14 for sentencing.

— Anthony Lewis

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