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Cop jailed for unlawful wounding

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2013

A POLICEMAN was taken into custody yesterday to serve his 15-month prison sentence for unlawful wounding after he lost his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Everett Rodney, 28, who was a constable stationed at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station at the time of the shooting incident in December 2008, was at the Court of Appeal to hear the outcome of his appeal. He was on bail.

Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes had convicted him in April 2012.

Rodney said he acted in self-defence when he fired the shot, but Barnes found that he was not under attack when he shot the complainant.

André Cunningham, a bus driver, was shot in the left hand at a dance at Darliston, Westmoreland, in December 2008.

Hostile patrons

The Crown led evidence in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court in Westmoreland that on the night of the incident, Rodney and another policeman were at the dance when Rodney had an altercation with a patron. Rodney was taken outside to his car and told to leave but he refused. Patrons became hostile and threw missiles at Rodney and his friends. Witnesses said a policeman fired shots in the air while Rodney fired several shots into the crowd.

Rodney went to sit on a wall and, while there, someone threw a stone which hit him on the foot. A few minutes later, Rodney pointed his gun at Cunningham and fired at him. He was struck in the left arm. While Cunningham was on the ground, the witnesses said, Rodney kicked him several times.

Rodney, who was represented by attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, had contended that the RM entered into the arena and showed bias in favour of the prosecution, but the court found that the complaint was without merit and was not supported by the record.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com