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Ex-cop sentenced to 15 years for shooting civilian

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 4:46 PM

An ex-policeman was today sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shooting a man in his head during an incident in 2013. 

Sherwood Simpson was a detective constable up to earlier this month when he was found guilty. 

This is the first successful gun conviction for the police oversight body, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Simpson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for wounding with intent and five years for illegal possession of a firearm. 

Both sentences are to run at the same time, which means he will serve a maximum of 15 years. 

Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, has explained that the case was based on common design.

She said although the ex-cop did not actually fire the shot the Crown led evidence that he and others were acting together in the plot to shoot the complainant.

The ex-cop was among a group of four men who intercepted a bus in which the complainant was travelling and and pulled him out. 

He was taken to a bushy area in St Mary where he was shot at but he managed to escape.

The men later found him and one of them then shot him in the back of the head.

The complainant pretended to be dead and the cops left.

The complainant later got police help and Simpson in an ID-Parade.