Update: Man who kicked water at MP Hinds charged with assault
Police have begun laying charges against several persons who were arrested during two anti-crime exercises which took place late Thursday night and during the early hours of Friday morning.
Today, police charged Richard Marcelle aka “Snake” of Beetham Gardens, with assault by beating and use of obscene language against MP Fitzgerald Hinds. This stemmed from the incident which occurred on Tuesday 14 August, at Beetham Gardens during a walkabout.
Inspector Mc Guirk of the POS Division laid the charges.
The man is also expected to be charged for possession of drugs.
Marcelle was one of 18 persons who were arrested on Friday morning during a police exercise by officers of the Inter Agency Task Force.
The exercise took place in the Beetham Gardens Community, under the supervision of ACP Joanne Archie and Snr Sup Floris Hodge Griffith, with assistance from Insp. Damien Lezama and Insp. Randall Mc Guirk.
Of the persons arrested, 12 were held on outstanding warrants, two for possession of ammunition, and four for robbery and shooting offences.
Hinds run out of Beetham
On August 14, MP for Laventille West, Fitzgerald Hinds, accompanied by councillor for Beetham/Picton Akil Audain, held an impromptu walkabout to meet with residents affected by flooding following two days of heavy rainfall.
However, according to reports, on 16th Street, Beetham Gardens, Hinds was confronted by angry residents who told him to get out of the area.
During his conversation, residents started chasing both Hinds and Audain telling them to “get out of here”.
Hinds responded by saying, “I am here to help the people”, however, some individuals started kicking water at him. He then began walking away.
His walk turned into a run as the Minister was chased by people who continued splashing the flood waters on both men.
Hinds and Audain ran to their vehicles.
They were not accompanied by security during their walkabout.
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