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Police corporal fined $100,000 for wounding man caught with girlfriend

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:25 PM

A police corporal who in 2012 pummeled a man he caught in bed with his girlfriend has been fined $100,000.

Craig Brown, who was attached to the National Intelligence Bureau of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the time of the incident, was sentenced in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today following his conviction for unlawful wounding.

Brown’s attorney also asked Senior Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece not to record the conviction, an apparent attempt to help her client retain what she described as his “dream job”.

“The incident is out of character for him. His job is now in jeopardy as he can’t be a serving member with a conviction,” the attorney pleaded.

But Wolfe Reece would have none of it. 

“That is not an application I am going to entertain,” the judge declared.

Not recording the conviction, Wolfe Reece explained, would have implications for the court should Brown apply to be reinstated to the force.

According to prosecutors, Brown left work and went home on September 2, 2012 to find his then girlfriend and another man in bed and gave him a beating before transporting the injured man to a private doctor. 

Prosecutors say he later deposited the man at the Kingston Public Hospital then drove away.

Wolfe Reece said it crossed her mind to give Brown a custodial sentence, telling the police corporal “you need to understand the gravity of what happened”.

However, she said, Brown, who appeared on the verge of tears, was not a “suitable candidate" for a custodial sentence.