Paralyzed man sentenced to one year jail for chopping policeman, terrorizing Soesdyke students

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Christopher McCollin lies on a stretcher in the ambulance which is parked inside the compound of the Providence Magistrate's Court.
Christopher McCollin lies on a stretcher in the ambulance which is parked inside the compound of the Providence Magistrate’s Court.

[www.inewsguyana.com]Christopher McCollin of Timehri Docks Area, East Bank Demerara plead guilty to the offense of unlawful wounding before Magistrate Leron Daly.

The 42 – year – old man pleaded to the offence as he laid in an ambulance parked in the compound of the Providence Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday December 4.

The Magistrate instituted a one year suspended jail sentence on the man, given the fact that he is paralyzed from the waist down, after he was shot by the police.

McCollin is the man who barged into the Soesdyke Secondary School on November 13 with a cutlass and terrorized students.  Prosecutor Sergeant Shellon Daniels told the Court that when Inspector Mohan Khan arrived on the scene, he warned the defendant to drop the cutlass; however the man advanced towards the Inspector with the cutlass and chopped him on the left hand.

According to Prosecutor Daniels, the Inspector, who was armed, warned the

defendant twice to drop his weapon, however the man refused and Inspector Khan then fired a shot in the man’s direction, hitting him in the region of the left shoulder.

The Court heard that McCollin was then disarmed and both he and the Inspector were taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Center. The Inspector was treated and sent away, while McCollin was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Meanwhile, McCollin in his explanation to the Magistrate said that he was shot in his back by the Policeman, as he (McCollin) turned to walk away.

 

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