Soldier who assaulted traffic cop charged for driving uninsured & uncertified vehicle

The GDF rank holding the cop in a chokehold while punching him

Lance Corporal Kester Bowen, the soldier who was caught on camera assaulting a traffic cop, appeared before the Wales Magistrate’s Court this morning where he was slapped with a number of charges.

Bowen, of Parafaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara was charged for driving an uninsured motor vehicle, driving an uncertified motor vehicle, and prohibition of tinted glass when he appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty.

Bowen, who was represented by Attorney-at-law Glen Hanoman pleaded guilty to all the charges, and was fined $42,500.

The soldier, however, is still in police custody pending investigation into other matters.

On Friday, the Lance Corporal was arrested after he physically assaulted a Police Constable who had pulled him over for a traffic offence.

The incident occurred on the western end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, WBD.

Reports are that the Police Constable was on anti-crime patrol duties at the western end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, and while directing eastbound traffic which flowed along two lanes that merged into one on the Meer-Zorgen Public Road, he observed a dark grey motor car trying to change lanes, causing congestion of traffic in the process.

He told his superiors that he approached the car, that was driven by the rank of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). The Policeman then instructed the soldier to pull over, to the corner of the road.

Upon pulling over, the seemingly annoyed driver exited the vehicle and shoved the Constable. He then choked the lawman and dealt him several punches to his face and body, causing him to sustain injuries.

The GDF rank was subsequently arrested, while the GPF rank was escorted to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was treated for the injuries and sent away.