Bus conductor, Jamie Stewart, who was involved in the January 22 altercation with a uniformed police officer in the nation’s capital was denied bail Monday when he appeared at the Traffic Court in St George’s.
Stewart, who is represented by Attorney-at-Law Peter David, was originally charged with assault of a Police Officer in the execution of his duties, resisting arrest, insulting language and picking up a passenger outside of a prescribed bus stop.
However, the charges have been reduced to two indictable offences – violence on a Police officer and aggravated assault.
David claimed that his client, who has already spent one-week on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill, was being denied bail in order to send a message to other bus conductors.
However, the Police Prosecution said that its objection to bail is based solely on the grounds that the alleged crimes that were committed are very serious.
The Prosecution also pointed out that in February, May and September 2014, the defendant was granted bail for three similar offences.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the altercation between the Corporal of Police and the civilian started after Stewart refused to comply with an order from the officer who confronted him for picking up a passenger in a prohibited zone.
Footages of the incident were posted on Facebook and the civilian was seen manhandling the Police Corporal who was trying to arrest him.
The law enforcement official had to be treated at the St. George’s General hospital for injuries sustained in the physical confrontation and then sent on sick leave.
Here are also reports that the bus conductor was also treated for injuries at the hospital, allegedly sustained from beatings while in police custody.
The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has since dismissed those allegations.
If convicted Stewart faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment on each charge.
The case is currently before Traffic Court Magistrate Jerry Seales, who set February 9 as the date for the start of the Preliminary Inquiry into the offences.