It was supposed to be a simple transfer of a remanded man from the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to the holding cells at Central Police Station.

But people inside and outside the courtroom this afternoon witnessed a struggle between a policeman and accused that resulted in both men tumbling down the steps. In the midst of it all, though, Constable Andrew Howard ensured that Omar Jamal Maynard never escaped the arms of the law.

Just moments earlier, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant had ordered Constable Howard to remove Maynard from the court after he was hostile.

The 27-year-old landscaper of Grazettes Main Road, St Michael had become upset after his $15,000 bail was revoked, when his surety informed the court that he no longer wanted the responsibility.

“Omar doesn’t want to help himself,” the surety told the court. “I get he a job, he blow it . . . a place to stay. . . . I can’t carry that responsibility,” the frustrated man said.

Maynard is accused, along with another man, of entering Tapas Restaurant as a trespasser on August 26, 2015 and stealing a cash tin worth $400 and $2,400 in cash belonging to Food Link Limited. They were allegedly armed with a knife at the time.

The two are also charged with entering A & C Security Services Limited as trespassers on August 31, 2015 and stealing four guns, 45 rounds of ammunition, three holsters and two bulletproof vests, while armed with a knife.

Maynard was granted bail on May 13, 2016 after being remanded into custody since September 17 the previous year.

However, prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill today objected to a second surety posting bail for the landscaper.

Her objections were based on the serious nature of the charge, fear that Maynard may fail to present himself to court if granted bail, as well as for his own safety.

But an upset Maynard responded: “There is nothing I have done to break the law. I have to start work in a week. I ask the boss for some time to go to the Mental [Psychiatric Hospital] to get my issues deal with. I ain’t do nothing out of the way, I ain’t do nothing, Ma’am. Yes, I use drugs but I ain’t commit no crime, Ma’am.”

When questioned by the magistrate who was seeking further information about his situation, Maynard refused to answer and it was then that Cuffy-Sargeant remanded him into custody until February 24, and asked Constable Howard to remove him from the court.

The officer had to make several attempts before getting the handcuffs on Maynard. When he finally did, he opened the door and approached the first step but he was shoved by Maynard. The officer shoved back, losing his footing in the process.

The two tumbled down the steps but Constable Howard maintained his hold on Maynard who fought him the entire way.

During the mêlée, the officer was able to subdue Maynard, even as two of his colleagues came running to lend assistance.

Constable Howard held the prisoner by the shirt and pants and hauled him off to the cells.

The situation disrupted the day’s sitting for a few minutes as queries were made about whether the policeman had been injured.

However, Constable Howard returned sometime later, still sharply dressed in uniform – albeit with a few wrinkles – and continued his duties.

20 Responses to Gotcha!

  1. John Strutton
    John Strutton January 28, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Well done Constable Howard. Hope you got to “explain” the error of his ways to him in the holding cells….

  2. Ryan Gaskin
    Ryan Gaskin January 28, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Want he ass cutting

  3. Nicole Jordan
    Nicole Jordan January 28, 2017 at 5:35 am

    the constable should have burst he ass with licks

  4. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward January 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Did I miss something? When he said he did nothing wrong? Wow

  5. Slaughter House
    Slaughter House January 28, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Swore that police looks like 50 cent

  6. Melanie Gooding
    Melanie Gooding January 28, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Them going to beat that man comeing an going now hmmmm

  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 28, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Well done officer

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 28, 2017 at 7:02 am

    You ain’t commit no crime.Why you are in jail for drugs. It looks so.He should not get bail in the first place.also the court is taking to long to deal with some of these serious crime Instead of wasting time with a man with a spliff these cases should not be taking so long to deal with SUPPOSE that police officer did hurt his back .

    • Mimi January 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

      He wasn’t. Arrest for drugs. He was arrested on 2 counts of armed robbery. The drugs is another problem.

  9. Krys Henry
    Krys Henry January 28, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I’m still lost at, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”…

  10. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott January 28, 2017 at 7:33 am

    He really got issues

  11. Gee Zette
    Gee Zette January 28, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Lol some comments suggesting he get licks for what he did….sooooo its right now for the police to beat he and its cool? Beat other times when its brought to light that people accuse the police of beating them its wrong? Ppl so double standard…but I’m not saying what he did was right he could have hurt the officer.. But to serve and protect means all instances

  12. vad50 January 28, 2017 at 8:19 am

    He definitely has issues; but he is charge with tow counts of serious counts of robbery. He is the one who added that he is using drugs. Hats off to the gentleman for canceling his bail. I personally believe that if you commit an armed robbery; whether with a gun or knife, you should not be allow bail. Hopefully, he gets the treatment that he needs while he serves his time in jail. Also, I am glad that the officer is alright; and they did not resort to mistreating the accused. We need the officers to due their jobs with dignity; not behave like the police in other areas of the world.

  13. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze January 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Let that be a lesson re. how Police sometimes seem to handle ppl a little too casually..?

  14. Ross Rich
    Ross Rich January 28, 2017 at 8:49 am


  15. Ingrid Bullen January 28, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Job well done

  16. stony January 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    sometimes you can fall along the way to the cells and get a busted lip, or eye, or even a broken limb or two

  17. John Q January 29, 2017 at 11:15 am

    ALL PRISONERS should have two cops escorting them at ALL times ; this would eliminate this foolishness and avoid injury to officer and prisoner alike ; just speaking from experience !!!!


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