Minibus driver alleges police harassment; charged with resisting arrest & assaulting traffic rank

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Driver[www.inewsguyana.com] – A minibus driver of Lot 36 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, on Thursday November 14, appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer four charges.

Fitzroy Alder pleaded not guilty to charges which alleged that on November 12 at Stabroek Market Area, Georgetown; he obstructed police constable Julius Caesar during the execution of his duty.

The second and third charges stated that on the same day he resisted arrest from the said officer and assaulted him.

The fourth offence stated that within a public place, he behaved disorderly.

Police Prosecutor Dinero Jones told the court on the day in question the constable was a traffic rank executing his duties when he saw a minibus loading at the park.

Jones added that the officer stopped the said vehicle to speak with the defendant but the latter started to question him. The rank responded to Alder that it is not in his interest and he started to quarrel with the constable.

The court heard that the Police warned the driver about his behaviour and later in aid of other ranks arrested him.

However, the minibus driver told the Court that the traffic cop told him to empty his bus but it was only himself, wife and child in the vehicle.  He added that he was inquiring from the constable who then told him to proceed to the station.

The minibus driver claimed that upon arrival at the police station, Caesar pushed him off the step and he fell while other ranks started to assault him. He noted that he did not hit Caesar but instead pushed him. He was placed on $35,000 bail, until November 28.

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