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New trial for special corporal

Published:Friday | January 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

A RETRIAL has been ordered for 45-year-old special corporal Leonard Nelson, who was last year sentenced to four years imprisonment after being convicted of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

The Court of Appeal ordered a new trial after hearing submissions from attorney-at-law Oswest Senior Smith that the judge failed to direct the jury as to the law relating to Nelson's duties as a police officer.

Nelson, who has 25 years' service in the police force, was convicted in the Home Circuit Court for an incident dating back to 2005, in which the policeman was said to have used a baton to hit taxi driver Kevin Dower in the right side of the face.

Dower lost his right eye as a result of the injury.

The incident took place at the Norman Manley International Airport after Dower was accused of entering a restricted area and was being escorted to the police station.

Nelson had said in his defence that he hit Dower to subdue him because he was resisting arrest.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com

Nelson had said in his defence that he hit Dower to subdue him because he was resisting arrest.