Senior Superintendent Anthony Castelle was today, November 23, found guilty on both charges of unlawful wounding and misconduct in a public office. The verdict was handed down in the St. James Parish Court.
Following the conclusion of investigations by INDECOM, which relied heavily on forensic findings, namely ballistic evidence, SSP Castelle and District Constable Rohan McIntosh were charged by INDECOM on May 18, 2016 in relation to the shooting injury of a woman in a taxi. The incident occurred in Mount Salem, St. James on January 22, 2016.
INDECOM’s case was that the officers who were pursuing the taxi discharged their firearms at the moving vehicle as the driver had previously disobeyed police commands to stop. It was subsequently discovered that a 19 year old female passenger, who was pregnant, in the and who was in the rear seat of the taxi had been shot and wounded.
The attorney representing District Constable McIntosh made a no case submission on November 9, 2018, and the court ruled that there was no case to answer. He was discharged in this matter.
When the verdict was announced, SSP Castelle collapsed whilst seated in the dock. He was subsequently rushed to the hospital.
In a statement INDECOM said its Director of Complaints for the Western Region, Errol Chattoo has been in dialogue with SSP Castelle’s legal team and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the parish regarding his medical status.
SSP Castelle is scheduled for sentencing on December 14, 2018 in the St. James Parish Court.
By: Franklin McKnight