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Cops in pregnant woman shooting to stand trial

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 6:00 AM

Western Bureau:

Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle and District Constable Rohan McIntosh, who were arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman in Montego Bay, are slated to stand trial in the St James Parish Court on September 19.

Castelle and McIntosh, who are both facing charges of unlawful wounding, were given the trial date when they appeared in the Montego Bay RM Court yesterday.

The date was given to facilitate the outcome of a ruling from the Court of Appeal, where submissions are expected to be made in the matter on behalf of the Police Federation.

During Tuesday's proceedings, the court was told that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) would be making fresh submissions to argue its right to prosecute the case against Castelle and McIntosh.

But attorney-at-law Althea Grant, who is part of the defendants' legal team, told presiding magistrate Sandria Wong-Small that the two officers should not have to wait on the outcome of that ruling before their case is tried.

"We are ready to proceed with the matter, and I do not think it would be fair to ask our clients to wait and see what the Court of Appeal is going to do, to see if they (INDECOM) will prosecute the matter or not," said Grant.

Castelle and McIntosh were arrested and charged by INDECOM on May 18, following an incident on January 22 in which a police team reportedly chased and opened fire on a motor car after the driver disobeyed the officers' order to stop.

The policemen reportedly chased the motor car, which subsequently ran into the back of another.

At this point, the lawmen allegedly fired on the vehicle, hitting 19-year-old Janice Hines, who was sitting in the back of the car.

Hines, said to be pregnant at the time, was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where she was admitted in serious but stable condition.

At the time of the incident, her family members expressed fear that the medication she was receiving to relieve her pain would harm the unborn child.