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June 27, 2014
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Man jailed for assaulting cop
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

A man accused of injuring a police officer and escaping custody was sentenced to three months' imprisonment when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Charged with escaping custody and assault occasioning bodily harm is 25-year-old conductor, Kareem Gordon, of Bowes Road, Kingston 13. Gordon pleaded guilty to both charges.

On June 7, the accused man was reportedly being transported to the Hunts Bay lock-up by police personnel, on suspicion of rape and simple larceny. It is believed that, on arrival, in transferring Gordon from the guard room, officers unlocked the grill to a cell for him to enter, but he started behaving boisterously, saying "Yow, yu see how di [expletive] gyal lie, a betta she did seh me only thief har phone."

It is alleged that Gordon assaulted the female officer, twisting her right hand, saying, "Yow mi nah go no jail", and made his getaway. Police personnel reportedly gave chase, and caught the accused along a section of Marcus Garvey Drive. He was hauled back to the lock-up.

"Your Honour, I went down to the station on June, the seventh. The police dem start to accuse me, lick mi up, and I run off leff dem. Me nuh used to dem kind a lick deh, Your Honour." said Gordon.

"I don't believe yu, yu nuh. Dem say yu almost break the officer hand," said Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

"Your Honour, I don't know how her hand bruck," Gordon replied.

The magistrate sentenced the accused to three months' imprisonment, on each count, to run concurrently. A fingerprint order was also made.

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