Jamaican Cops Charged in Schoolgirl Shooting
The police officer who fired the shot that hit a schoolgirl in the head last month has been charged with wounding, while four other cops who were with him at the time have been accused of misconduct in public office.
All of them, Corporal Kirk Haye, Corporal Shawn Abrahams, Constable Warren Ramsay, Constable Damion Gillespie, and Constable Archibald Wright, were released on bail when they appeared in court on Thursday.
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) charged the five officers who are all attached to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Mobile Reserve Division. Haye was charged with wounding with intent and failure to furnish INDECOM with statements. The other four are also accused of failing to furnish the Commission with statements as well as failing to answer questions at an interview.
Haye has been released on J$1 million (US$7,902) bail, while Abrahams, Gillespie, Ramsay and Wright were all granted bail in the amount of J$500,000 (US$3,951).
The officers had to surrender their travel documents and stop orders will be placed on them at all ports of entry and exit. They are also to report to the nearest police stations to their homes three days a week.
INDECOM launched an investigation into the shooting, following the incident which occurred on June 30 at approximately 7:15 a.m.
Reports indicated that a man who was transporting students of Convent of Mercy Academy and St. Georges College in an illegal taxi was stopped by police and the lawmen opened fire. One of the students was hit in the head. The girl had to undergo emergency surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital and is said to be recovering after being released from the Intensive Care Unit.