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Man accused of hurting cop held


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Man accused of hurting cop held

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THE MAN accused of seriously injuring an off-duty lawman was remanded when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.Neverlaine Rohan O’Neal Springer, 28, an auto mechanic, of 3rd Avenue, Long Gap, Spooners Hill, St Michael, will spend the next 28 days on remand despite urgings from his counsel that the denial of bail should not be used as a punishment.Springer was not required to plead to the charge that with intent to maim, disfigure or disable Constable Terry Hurdle, he did serious bodily harm to the lawman on July 16.Prosecutor Sergeant Ensley Grainger, who objected to Springer being released, cited the seriousness of the offence and said he feared if the accused were granted bail, there was “every likelihood that a similar or more serious offence would be committed”.The prosecutor said Springer was already on bail for two robbery charges and had antecedents.However, defence attorney Allan Carter said the current charge was “separate and distinct” from the robbery charges and, therefore, the principles of bail still applied.“I am aware there are underlying features in this case but at this stage the court cannot use bail as a form of punishment,” he added.He conceded that the offence was serious but said other accused had been granted bail for similar offences.“He deserves the same consideration and discretion as other accused,” Carter said.In the end, Magistrate Pamela Beckles told the accused he was already on bail for a very serious offence and had returned on another one.She denied the request for bail and remanded Springer to HMP Dodds until August 17. (HLE)

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