Cop granted bail for assault

December 30, 2015

A St Catherine-based policeman, who allegedly assaulted an inmate at the Linstead police lock-up, was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 when he appeared in the Spanish Town resident Magistrate Court.

He is Constable Ronald McLean of the Linstead Police Station in the St Catherine North division.

When the matter was mentioned before Resident Magistrate Horace Mitchell on December 22, a successful bail application was made by Attorney-at-Law Peter Champagnie.

The lawyer told the court his client was a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

He said the complainant has since been convicted and will be out of prison in 2045.

The lawyer said his client was of sound character and is a first-year law student at the Norman Manley Law School.

Bail was granted on condition that Cinstable McLean surrendered his passport. He is to return to court in February next year.

Allegation are that while the inmate, 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 resulted in McLean being charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

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