Man downs cup of bleach in courtroom after armed robbery verdict is read

Dominic Smithers

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Man downs cup of bleach in courtroom after armed robbery verdict is read

Featured Image Credit: Miami-Dade County Corrections / Local 10

Shocking footage has been shared of a man downing some bleach after being found guilty.

Jermaine Bell, from Florida, had spent three years in jail after he went into a tech specialists disguised as a courier in December 2018.

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The 38-year-old then pulled out a gun and pointed it at employees at the Millennium Engine Plating centre in Miami.

Following a trial this week, Bell was convicted of armed robbery, with a jury finding him guilty.

However, immediately after the verdict was read out, Bell was seen picking up a white disposable cup filled with bleach, and drinking it.

After realising what was going on, a guard quickly went over to him with a bin and tried to get him to spit it out, but Bell continued to finish the contents of the cup before sitting down.

Jermaine Bell was seen drinking a cup of bleach after being convicted of armed robbery. Credit: Miami-Dade County Corrections
Jermaine Bell was seen drinking a cup of bleach after being convicted of armed robbery. Credit: Miami-Dade County Corrections

Bell was later rushed out of the Miami courtroom and taken to hospital, where he received treatment.

According to reports, he is said to be in a stable condition, though it remains a mystery as to how he was able to get the bleach into the courtroom in the first place.

Following the incident, distant relative reverend Jerome Starling said he was shocked by what happened and that someone needs to be held to account for it.

He told Local 10: "I see him drinking something that’s not right. His attorneys are letting him drink it, corrections letting him drink it.

"All of a sudden I see him collapse. And I said, 'How could this happen?'"

Bell was rushed to hospital following the incident. Credit: WPLG
Bell was rushed to hospital following the incident. Credit: WPLG

Bell's cousin was the one who caught the whole thing on film.

She told the press that she thought he was going to die.

"I was the only one like that jumped up and tried to get him help," she said. "[It’s] very emotional for the whole family.

"We thought we were going to lose Jermaine that day."

The Miami-Dade County Corrections and Miami-Dade Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

UNILAD has contacted Miami-Dade Police for a comment.

Topics: News, US News, Crime, Police

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