Barbados: Driver fined for cursing police

Barbados Today:-A ZR driver who had seven prior convictions related to personal confrontations with police officers, chalked up his eighth Tuesday.

Dexter David Smith, 28, of White Hall, St Thomas, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, to using insulting language to Constable Troy Jordan while the officer was executing his duties.

After Smith’s admission, his attorney Kevin Miller appealed to the magistrate to be as lenient as possible on his client, considering he had thrown himself at the mercy of the court by pleading guilty.

The defence attorney also told Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant that Smith wanted to turn his life around and was the sole provider of a two-month-old child.

In apprising the court of the facts surrounding the offence, police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid recalled that law enforcement officers went to the River Road van stand to investigate a serious crime yesterday.

Personnel from the Forensic Sciences Unit were taking photographs in the same area Smith had parked his ZR van and police asked him to move it, which he did.

However, Smith only drove the vehicle a short distance and when he was told to move it further, he used expletives towards the officer.

The prosecutor told the court that Smith’s prior convictions included resisting arrest, threatening and cursing police, and he had an unpaid fine for assault, for which a warrant had been issued. After considering all that had been said by the defence attorney and the police prosecutor, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant slapped Smith with a $1,000 fine to be paid in one month, with the alternative of 10 months in prison.

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