Seven St Augustine residents charged after fracas with police

Seven St. Augustine residents have appeared before in 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 Friday 25th January, 2019.

The officers were on inquiries in the St. Augustine district around 4:50 pm on the said date, relative to a report of 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 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.

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 Tuesday 29th January.

They appeared in the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 30th January 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 behavior, 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 31st January, 2019.

Their matters were postponed to Wednesday 27th February, 2019.

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