Senior cop, district constable get $1 million bail on gun charges
Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle and district constable Rohan McIntosh have each been granted bail in the amount of $1 million on charges of unlawful wounding, unlawful discharge of firearm, and misconduct in a public office.
The cops were this morning arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations in connection with the shooting injury of a woman in Mount Salem, St James on January 22.
In granting bail in the St James Parish Court, parish judge Sandria Wong-Small ordered that the men surrender their travel documents and that stop orders be placed against them at all ports.
Castelle is also to report to the Prospect Police Station in St. Mary once a week while McIntosh is to report to the Mount Salem Police Station once a week.
The cops are to return to court on June 7.
According to INDECOM, the police reported that on January 22, a group of police personnel stopped a car in the vicinity of Westgate Shopping Centre but the driver failed to stop.
The two officers in an unmarked police vehicle pursued the car.
Upon reaching the vicinity of the Calvary Baptist Church and Jarrett Park the police allegedly discharged their weapons.
INDECOM says the motor car did not stop but proceeded towards Mt. Salem with the cops still in tow.
It is alleged that the cops again discharged their weapons and the car eventually turned into the parking lot of the West Jamaica Conference Centre where the driver got out and ran.
It was then discovered that a female passenger seated in the rear seat of the car had been shot.
She was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she has been admitted.