By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Chief Reporter
A Haitian man who was shot in Eleuthera by a police officer during an immigration exercise has filed a writ against the government seeking $500,000 in damages for the shooting and breaches to his constitutional rights.
Jean-Mary Justilien, 27, was remanded to prison after he was charged in the Magistrate’s Court for illegal entry in June. Justilien pleaded not guilty to the charge, and last week filed a bail application.
His illegal entry case has been adjourned to November 18, and his bail application hearing is set for October 7.
Justilien was shot during an immigration round up in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, on June 9 and airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment. He was discharged on June 11.
Justilien was later taken into police custody on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and an immigration officer in the execution of their duties, according to police in an earlier statement.
Police later concluded that the alleged assault resulted in the accidental discharge of the police officer’s service revolver “causing injuries to the face and shoulder of the suspect”.
The medical report revealed the bullet entered at the back of Justilien’s neck and exited his left cheek.
The writ was filed on September 24 and names the attorney general, minister of foreign affairs and immigration, director of immigration, commissioner of police, and the commissioner of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, as defendants.
Justilien is represented by Frederick Smith, QC, and Adrian Gibson.