Court quashes conviction of cop serving 15-year sentence
The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of a police Constable accused of dragging a civilian into bushes and shooting him in the back of the head.
Constable Sherwood Simpson is serving a sentence of 15 years in prison for wounding with intent and five years for illegal possession of firearm arising from the December 2013 incident in St Mary.
He was convicted after a trial in the Gun Court in June 2015.
However, the Court of Appeal has ordered that the sentences be set aside and that a new trial be held.
During the trial, the victim testified that he was taken off a bus by four men shortly after he reported to the Castleton Police Station as a condition of his bail.
He said he was taken to bushes nearby and shot several times, but managed to escape after pretending that he was dead.
However, Constable Simpson’s attorneys Peter Champagnie and Kemar Robinson argued before the Appeal Court that during the Gun Court trial the judge failed to take into consideration the fact that the complainant could have been mistaken about the policeman being among the four men.