Jamaica judge awards paraplegic $230K in damages, 16 years after man shot by police

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaica man who was shot by police and became a paraplegic has been awarded $230,000 in compensation 16 years after the incident.

Michael Llewellyn was shot in the back in 1994 when he tried to escape a beating by police at his house. His right leg was amputated below the knee as a result, and he was left unable use the remaining leg.

Attorney Sylvan Edwards said Friday that Llewellyn has not been able to work since then.

A Supreme Court judge ordered the compensation Thursday.

Jamaica has one of the highest rates of police killings in the Western Hemisphere, according report released last year by Amnesty International.