$100,000 bail for cop on assault charge

December 29, 2015

A St Catherine-based policeman who is accused of assaulting an inmate at the Linstead Police Station lock-up was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court last week.

He is Constable Ronald McLean, who works at the police station in the St Catherine North division.

When the matter involving McLean was mentioned before Resident Magistrate Horace Mitchell, a successful bail application was made by defence attorney Peter Champagnie.

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The lawyer told the court that his client was a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and that the complainant had since been convicted and would be out of prison in 2045.

The lawyer further informed the court that his client was of sound character and was a first-year law student at the Norman Manley Law School.

Bail was subsequently

granted on condition that McLean surrendered his passport and returned to the court in February next year.

Allegations are that while the complainant, Granville Watson, was in custody, he was attacked and hit with an object by the accused. A report was made and an investigation conducted by the Independent Commission of Investigations, resulting in McLean being charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

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