A Mt. St. George, Tobago man, recorded in a video which was later circulated online, in open confrontation with the police, now faces multiple charges including resisting arrest; assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duties.
Joha Phillips, 29, a labourer of Back Street, Mt. St. George, who was also charged with escaping lawful custody and obscene language, pleaded guilty to the obscene language charge when he appeared before Magistrate Kurson Depradine, in the Scarborough 2nd Magistrates’ Court, on Friday 20th July, 2018.
The accused was charged on Thursday 19th July, 2018, by officers of the Scarborough Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
Phillips was granted $20,000 own bail, and the matter postponed to Thursday 25th October, 2018.
The charges arose from an incident which took place on Tuesday 17th July, 2018, when officers attached to the Scarborough CID tried to detain a suspect in relation to a criminal matter.
While executing their duties, a group of persons confronted the officers causing the suspect to escape.
During the incident, two other suspects, Julien ‘Benji’ Gerry, 55, and Isaiah ‘Zing’ Phillip, 30, also of Back Street, were arrested and later charged for obscene language.
Gerry and Phillip, who were also charged by Scarborough CID officers on Wednesday 18th July, 2018, both pleaded guilty when they appeared before Magistrate Indar Jagroo in the Scarborough 3rd Magistrates’ Court, on the same date.
Gerry was fined $100, while Phillip was placed on a bond to keep the peace for one year.