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Inmate sentenced to 12 months for assaulting prison officer

Omarie Winter. (Facebook photo)

A local inmate who assaulted a prison officer two years ago was sentenced to 12 months in prison when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Twenty-one-year-old Omarie Winter was sentenced after pleading guilty to the May 2016 offence.

Winter’s sentence will run concurrent to the five-year prison term that he is currently serving for unrelated gun and ammunition offences.

In handing down the sentence on Friday, Magistrate Shawn Innocent said Winter’s early guilty plea and the fact that it is an old matter were some of the mitigating factors he took into consideration.

What happened

The court heard that, on the day in question, Winter was at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut when a prison officer instructed him to return to his cell.

The order reportedly triggered a verbal altercation between Winter and the officer. The argument escalated into a physical fight which resulted in the prison officer sustaining swelling and an abrasion to his nose.

Winter was subsequently charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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  1. Hmmmm says:

    A prison officer let this little w— bruise him up? In other Caribbean islands we would be here reading about his memory.

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  2. HMM says:

    he done already doing 5 years why only now sentence him to another additional Year?
    which that incident took place in 2016.

    yall Never wanna see people do good.

    Free My Boy!! MAtoee!!!!

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  3. Hmm says:

    Um if he get five years already did two means he has three left. So if the other charges he get running along with the three years he basically get away if u ask me n coming out on time still.

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  4. Joke! says:

    So what the judge is saying to all prisoners is just keep assaulting the prison guards because no time will be added to your sentence!

    What a joke our system of law has become. 🙁

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  5. Lucky says:

    This is madness, only in the big. These young guys do these crimes to get in our hotel style prison because it’s easy living. If the system have to change and give them hard work to while in prison they will think twice about what they do. But instead we go easy on them in ballot after they do wrong in public. This system needs to change.

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