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Judge upholds conviction of lawyer guilty of boxing cop

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 5:37 PM

A Supreme Court judge has used an appeal filed by attorney-at-law Lennox Gayle, who was convicted for boxing a police Superintendent, to underscore that police personnel acting in a lawful manner must be respected by all citizens.

Gayle was found guilty in August 2012 of assaulting a constable and resisting arrest in breach of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Act.

He was arrested and charged following an incident in which the Superintendent of Police was slapped after he attempted to arrest the attorney for breaches of the Noise Abatement Act at an entertainment event.

In upholding the conviction, Justice David Batts found that the Superintendent had an honest belief that an offence was being committed and was carrying out his lawful duty when he attempted to arrest Gayle.

Batts reiterated that regardless of occupation or social standing in society, no one is above the law.

He says the law, and those who enforce it, must be respected or the society will descend into a state of anarchy.

Batts has also directed the Registrar of the Supreme Court to forward a copy of his judgement to the chairman of the General Legal Council so an investigation can be conducted and action taken if necessary.