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Cop in video-taped fight with taxi man charged, bailed

Published:Wednesday | May 7, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has charged the policeman involved in the Hanover shooting of a taxi man during a fight that was caught on video.

Constable Wayne Hamlin was charged yesterday with wounding with intent.

He is accused of shooting St Obryan Downy in Hopewell, Hanover on March 24.

The policeman was offered $500,000 bail when he appeared before the Lucea Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

He has been ordered to surrender his travel documents and stop orders have been placed on him at all ports of entry and exit.

In the videotaped incident, five shots were fired by the uniformed policeman, resulting in the taxi operator being taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for treatment.

An eyewitness had told our news centre that Downy was driving his taxi through Hopewell, when he was signalled to stop by the policeman.

The two reportedly got into a heated argument and Downy stepped out of his car and accosted the policeman, who was in uniform.

The policeman allegedly reacted by shooting the man.

The case has been set for mention on June 10.


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