Hassani Austrie of Trafalgar Slapped With Five Charges
Hassani Austrie of Trafalgar was slapped with five charges, after an incident which occurred in Trafalgar on Sunday July 29th.
The charges are: resisting arrest, obstruction of an officer while executing his duty, two malicious damage charges, and battery on a police officer.
According to the facts of the case read by Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes, at about midday on Sunday July 29th, police officers from the Investigations Department were on patrol in the village, when the defendant was spotted with a marijuana cigarette.
The officer identified himself and asked Mr. Austrie what it is that he had, which he then replied, “that’s a joint”, before running off and destroying it.
The officers met Mr. Austrie soon after and informed him of the offence, to which he said, “officer I did not do nothing”.
Things took a turn for the worst when the handcuffs were being placed on the defendant, as he started fighting back and resisting arrest, causing damage to the officer’s uniform. The defendant was subdued and brought to the Roseau Police Station.
In mitigation the defendant said that the officer never asked him for anything, and as he was running they grabbed him.
Magistrate George said to the defendant that he must respect all police officers, whether in plain clothes or uniform, as the officers are here to protect us.
Mr. Austrie was spared from jail time as the Magistrate indicated that his last offence was in 2005, and he has been staying away from trouble.
He was fined $500 for obstruction, to be paid by September 30th, 2012 or spend one month imprisonment, also $500 for resisting arrest, to be paid by October 31st, 2012 or sentenced to two months in prison.
For malicious damage to the police officer’s shirt, which is property of the state, he was ordered to pay a compensation of $211.50 no later than August 31st, 2012 or face one month imprisonment, also, compensation of $90 to officer Kimani Peters to replace his Reserve black t-shirt which was also damaged, by Friday August 10th, or in default spend 2 weeks in prison.
There was no separate penalty for the charge of battery on a police officer.