Student fined for lying about fractured hand
A Christ Church man has four months to pay $2,000 or he will spend six months in jail.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick imposed the sentence on Greg Omar Jackman, 29, of #3 Callington Lane, Gall Hill after he pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to wasting the employment of the police by knowingly making a false report to Police Constable Nicko Wiltshire that serious bodily harm had been committed against him.
The facts presented by police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson revealed that the accused, a student at the Barbados Vocational Training Board, made a report on October 14 around 7:15 a.m. to the police, claiming that he was injured by another party and had sustained a fractured hand.
Police launched an investigation into the matter, which entailed a visit to the area where the offence allegedly occurred, as well as interviews of persons and recorded statements.
However, it was discovered that while the accused did receive an injury, it did not occur in the way he reported to police.
It was discovered that Jackman was involved in a fight with another person and that he was the aggressor in that matter and “evidence by
. . . CCTV footage clearly established that”.
“In fact, [it] showed the accused inflicting blows, as we say in Barbados, cuffs to the head and the face of another person who has since complained and sought medical attention,” Watson said.
“To support what he reported to the police, he produced documentation from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a medical report which was given to him by investigators.”
When officials told the accused of their findings, “he came clean”.
Jackman, who is known to the law courts for theft and other charges, told Frederick: “I am sorry that this happened. I am sorry that I made a false statement.”
The magistrate replied: “This is a fairly complex thing that you are charged with. This is really serious and complicated and presenting papers from the doctor and things like that this is serious . . . . You are only 29, but you have racked up a number of convictions; and now this.”
“You are on the threshold of prison. I don’t want you to go in, that’s the truth . . . [but] the fact that you are trying to do something positive with your life [by going to school] I do not want to derail that,” Douglas said as he imposed the fine.
“That’s the best I can do for you. The rest is up to you.”