April sentencing for man who damaged police car in Spalding

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Twenty-four-year-old Rojay Brown of Ritchies, Clarendon, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17 for damaging a police vehicle in Spalding earlier this month.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of malicious destruction of property in the Manchester Parish Court yesterday.

Brown was offered bail in the sum of $70,000 with a surety and ordered to pay $126,000 to compensate for the damages.

The police service vehicle was damaged during a melee in Spalding, when bus owner/operator Jermin Reid, 45, had an altercation with a policeman who was trying to place his vehicle on wrecker for breaches of the Road Traffic Act. He was shot and injured during the incident.

Reid, who was captured on amateur video shoving the policeman, has since been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of assault at common-law for trying to disarm the officer and for resisting arrest.

He is to make an appearance in court on March 13.

Another man, identified as Damion Powell, otherwise called 'Pops,' was slated to be charged on Monday (February 18) for inciting the incident in Spalding.

According to Superintendent of the Manchester Police Division, Wayne Cameron, he was heard saying “hol him mek we beat him,” as the furious bus owner approached the police officer.

Reid's bus driver and cousin, Ripton Reid, who was reportedly operating the bus on the day the incident occurred, is summoned to be in the Spalding Traffic Court on February 26. He is charged with operating contrary to the terms and conditions of his license, not ensuring passenger safety, driving a defective vehicle, no uniform, no PPV badge and failure to wear PPV badge.

Jermin Reid is also expected to receive summons for the breaches.

Alicia Sutherland

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