Judge chides male who knocked out inspector of police

June 16, 2021

A man was remanded in custody yesterday after his apology for injuring a senior policeman was refused. Leo Mills, who used a Malta bottle to knock an inspector of police unconscious in Half-Way Tree, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The court heard that on June 7, at 10:30 a.m., the complainant was walking in the vicinity of York Plaza, at the Portmore bus bay, when he noticed that Mills was not wearing a mask.

The complainant said he informed Mills that under the Disaster Risk Management Act, it is an offence to not wear a mask in a public place. He said that Mills ignored his caution, even though he repeated it multiple times. The inspector said he informed Mills that he would be arresting him for not wearing a mask.

The complainant said Mills started to resist and then used a glass bottle to strike him on his head, inflicting a wound to the right side of his face, and also causing him to lose consciousness.

After hearing the police report, Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague said that the incident was an attack on law and order in the country.

"What would you like to say to the inspector of police?" the judge asked.

"Mr Leo Mills, you unlawfully wounded the inspector in the middle of Half-Way Tree. You admitted to hitting him to his head with a Malta bottle, causing the inspector of police with his 37 years of service to fall unconscious in the middle of Half-Way Tree. What is it you would like to say to the inspector of police?" the irate judge asked.

Mills offered an apology to the cop but it was not accepted.

"Well, inspector, I'm really, truly sorry about what happen on the June 7, which was last week Monday. I'm really sorry about it," Mills said.

However, the complainant said he would not accept the apology as he believed it was not sincere, and stated that Mills has allegedly bragged to others in custody about his actions. He suggested that if Mills is to apologise, he is to put it in writing and address it to the Commissioner of Police.

Mills is to return to court on July 21 for sentencing.

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