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Policeman freed of assaulting prisoner in lock-up

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Twenty-eight-year-old police constable, Christopher Murphy, who was accused of assaulting a prisoner, was today freed in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

Evidence was given at the trial that on September 13, 2011, a prisoner at the Constant Spring Police lock up protested the mistreatment of another.

Murphy, who was on duty at the lock up, used a baton to inflict serious injuries to the leg and arm of the protesting inmate. 

The prisoner had to be taken for medical attention.

A report was later made to the Independent Commission of Investigation and Murphy was arrested and charged.

Murphy said in an unsworn statement from the dock that the prisoners were behaving in an unruly manner and he had to restrain them and one assaulted him in the process.

RM Simone Wolfe Reece freed the policeman and said there was a credibility issue in relation to the witness.

Attorneys-at-law Peter Champagnie and Ramona Nelson represented the policeman.