A Christ Church man has been given one year in which to pay $3 500 in compensation for assaulting a police officer.
If the compensation is not paid, 32-year-old Colston Atelvin Robinson of Parish Land will have to spend six months in prison.
He must also perform six months community service.
“Any attack on the police in the course of their duties is considered extremely serious and justifies a custodial sentence,” Justice Margaret Reifer told Robinson this morning when he returned to Supreme Court No. 2 for sentencing for the 2006 offence.
Robinson, who has already spent 179 days on remand, was originally faced with three charges, including one of affray and two counts of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm against two police officers.
However, back in June, a jury found him guilty of only one count of actual bodily harm against Sergeant Glenroy Greenidge.
That charge arose after police officers responded to a call from Parish Land. At some point after they arrived, Robinson threw a small bicycle and a chair at Greenidge, striking him in the head. The officer sustained injuries as a result.
Justice Reifer considered the fact that Robinson is the father of a young child, as well as his role in fathering three other children. Additionally, the judge considered that the matter had “taken almost 10 years to be tried”.
However, she felt Robinson had aggravated the situation by using a knife and making threatening motions toward the police.
The case was prosecuted by Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale and Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney.