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Senior cop Castelle fined $1m for shooting pregnant woman

Friday, December 14, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anthony Castelle who was found guilty in the St James Court Parish Court for the January, 2016 shooting of a pregnant woman in St James has been fined $1 million.

Castelle, who was found guilty November 23 on two counts -- misconduct in public office and unlawful wounding -- was given a non-custodial sentence today. However, the senior cop will have to serve 30 days in prison if the fine is not paid.

SSP Castelle was one of two charged by INDECOM on May 18, 2016 following investigations by the organisation into the incident on January 22 in which a police team, at around 8:30 am, reportedly chased and opened fire on a motor car after the driver disobeyed the officers' order to stop.

A policeman's bullet hit 19-year-old Janice Hines who was sitting in the back seat of the car.

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

The case against McIntosh was discharged on November 9 following a successful no-case submission made on his behalf by his attorney.

More information later.

Anthony Lewis

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