Saturday 5 December, 2020

Seven St Augustine residents face court for obstructing police

Seven St Augustine residents have appeared before the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court charged with various offences arising out of an incident involving themselves and three police officers attached to the St Joseph Criminal Investigations Department, which occurred on January 25.

 A statement from the TTPS noted that the officers were on enquiries in the St Augustine district around 4:50 pm on the said date, relative to a report of a robbery with violence against a 31-year-old female victim, when they had reason to arrest two male suspects at Mohammed Street.

As the officers were attempting to leave the area with the men, they were allegedly confronted by several residents who proceeded to block the path of the police vehicle. The officers requested assistance and attempted to clear the roadway of the debris when they were accosted by the residents, resulting in two residents and one police officer sustaining injuries.

The statement said when the situation was eventually quelled, five more persons were arrested and charged with various offences. Shervonne Assing, 19, of Mohammed Trace, St. Augustine and a minor were jointly charged with robbery with violence against the female victim, by PC Nicholls on January 29. They appeared in the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court on January 30 to answer to the charges and the matter adjourned.

Meanwhile, arising out of the incident, Afiesha Timothy, 34, Keisha Timothy, 18, Aquimer Dowers, 31, and, Matthew Alexander, 23, also of Mohammed Street, St. Augustine, were jointly charged with assaulting a police officer, while Afiesha, Keisha and Matthew were jointly charged with malicious damage of the officer’s clothing. Afiesha and Keisha were also charged with using obscene language, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour, while Afiesha faced an additional charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a police officer, resulting in him sustaining a broken bone in his left hand.

 A seventh accused, Cheron Alexander, 51, was charged with using obscene language, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duties. Afiesha, Keisha, Matthew, Cheron and Aquimer, pleaded not guilty to the charges when they appeared before Magistrate Adrian Darmanie in the Tunapuna 3rd Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Their matters were postponed to February 27.

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