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Cop found guilty of shooting Hanover taxi man multiple times in 2014

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 5:11 PM

A seven-member jury in the Trelawny Circuit Court today found police Constable Wayne Hamil guilty in relation to the shooting of a taxi operator in Hanover in 2014.

The March 24, 2014 shooting was captured on video and circulated on social media sites.

Constable Hamil was found guilty of wounding with intent and is to be sentenced by Justice Chester Stamp on July 20.

The court heard evidence that on the day in question the policeman was on duty in the Hopewell square in Hanover when he stopped the taxi man, dragged him from his vehicle  and was about to hit him with a baton when they grabbed each other.

It was further heard that both men eventually fell to the ground and during a struggle Constable Hamil opened fire shooting the taxi operator three times.

The taxi operator was unarmed.

The taxi operator was restrained by another cop when he was shot by Constable Hamil.

An investigation was conducted by the Independent Commission of Investigation which resulted in the policeman being arrested and charged.