7 Views no discussions LocalNews Drinking rum is not a defence, magistrate tells Soufriere man by: – February 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweet Court gavel. Photo credit” lazytechguys.com“Drinking rum is not a defence; it does not help you” this is what Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste told a 45 years old male adult of Soufriere who was arrested for making threats to, wounding and battery on a police officer and pleaded guilty to all three charges when he appeared before her on Monday.Henryson Williams told Constable Marlon Jervier “I will hit you back, I will spend my money to get rid of you” while he was arresting him for disturbing the peace on the Soufriere Bayfront on the 3rd of February, 2012.According to Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes who read the facts of the case in Court, the police stationed at the Soufriere Police Station received information from a civilian on 3rd February, 2012 that the Defendant was involved with a fight.Shortly thereafter they received further information that the Defendant was disturbing the peace and behaving in a disorderly manner therefore Constable Marlon Jervier was dispatched to investigate the matter.On arrival on the scene the officer met the Defendant speaking loudly in a very unruly manner and he appeared drunk. Constable Jervier spoke to the Defendant and while executing his duties “the Defendant came up very close to his face and he had to punch him”. The Defendant did not stop his unruly behavior and “the officer had to push him away from him, injuring his left thumb in the process and had to punch him to release his finger, the police had to punch the man for him to let go his finger from his mouth”.Constable Jervier arrested the Defendant and he told him; “I will hit you back, I will spend my money to get rid of you”.Williams however when asked to make a plea in mitigation for himself told Magistrate Baptiste, “I’m sorry, I don’t know what went up in my head. I have a very good job at the Soufriere Village Council and I want to keep it and I have children to take care of. I’m sorry please, please if you have a little mercy on me I won’t come back here again, I won’t drink any rum to come back here again”. Magistrate Baptiste told the Defendant; “Drinking rum is no defence it does not help you; otherwise people would just drink rum and come here and say that. What you have to do is go in your bed and sleep and when you sober come back out”.She explained that the role of the police is to protect citizens, “you should know better; there are too many adults behaving like teenagers”.When Magistrate Baptiste told the Defendant that he is ordered to pay a fine of $1500.00 on or before the 30th of July, 2012 or in default spend 6 months imprisonment he gasped!She told him “don’t react, don’t do that I am giving you a very soft sentence; the maximum is 5 years imprisonment”.On the charge of making threats the Defendant was fined $1200.00 fine to be paid on or before the said 30th July, 2012 or in default serve 5 months imprisonment.He did not receive any separate sentence on the charge of battery and has to pay a total of $2700.00.The Defendant left the Court room in tears on Monday after receiving the fines.Dominica Vibes News
GBA encamp 22 boxers ahead of Caribbean Championship in T&TGBA encamp 22 boxers ahead of Caribbean Championship in T&T
BOXERS preparing for the Caribbean Championship will be encamped for one week starting tomorrow, with the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), in a release, stating that the encampment is being held even though they’re yet to hear from government regarding the scope of its support for the trip to Trinidad and Tobago.The GABA has named a team of 22 boxers for the Caribbean Championship, including Caribbean Junior female champions, Abiola and Alesha Jackman.GABA president Steve Ninvalle said that he remains optimistic of a full team representing Guyana in the Twin Island Republic, following a phone call with Sports Minister George Norton on Friday.Team Guyana will be led by elite Caribbean middleweight champion, Desmond Amsterdam and bantamweight, Keevin Allicock.
But it was his triumph two months later at Carnoustie that set him apart from his other European Tour rivals.Molinari was the first player from the home team to win all five matches in the Ryder Cup.He was unflappably immaculate in a bogey-free final round 69 as he repelled a high quality chasing pack that included playing partner Tiger Woods, McIlroy, Justin Rose and US star Xander Schauffele.After claiming that first major title, Molinari went on to secure the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title to cap the best year of his career.“It is a huge honour to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year,” he said.“So many great names have earned this honour and I feel very proud to join them.“It is an award that means a lot to me and is a nice way to end a very special year. Winning at Wentworth, in one of our biggest events, gave me a lot of confidence for the summer.”“But obviously winning the Open at Carnoustie, becoming my country’s first major champion, was incredible.“To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be part of that European Ryder Cup team in France was amazing. I’ll always look back on this season and be proud of what happened.”European Tour Chief Executive, Keith Pelley, said: “It is right that we pay special tribute to Francesco Molinari who repeatedly made history this year.“Francesco is not just a phenomenal golfer, he is a wonderful person too and throughout this season he consistently reminded us what a magnificent ambassador he is for our game.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Open Champion Francesco Molinari has been named European Tour Golfer of the Year.The 36-year-old Italian was a hero of Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the United States at Le Golf National in September.Molinari also won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, holding off Rory McIlroy to secure victory.