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no jail time for cop in videotaped shooting

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The police constable who was convicted for the 2014 videotaped shooting of a taxi operator in Hopewell, Hanover, may avoid prison time.

Constable Wayne Hamil was sentenced Wednesday to a fine of $1 million or three years in prison by Justice Chester Stamp in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

An attorney for Hamil said he has been given a month to pay the fine and would then be released from custody.

Hamil was convicted in the Trelawny Circuit Court on July 1 for wounding with intent. The sentencing was, however, transferred to Kingston.


Second cop to avoid prison


He is the second member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the last two months to avoid prison time for a wounding conviction.

In May, former police constable Joseph Stanley was fined $200,000 for wounding with intent and $100,000 for shooting with intent for the 2009 shooting of a St Andrew bartender after an argument over a drink.

In a video posted on the social media site YouTube, Hamil is seen in full uniform in a tussle on the ground with the taxi operator.

Moments later, three explosions were heard before the policeman rose to his feet with his service pistol in hand, with the taxi operator laying on the ground.