A 32-year-old resident of Golf Course in Grand Anse, St. George, was granted EC$8, 000 bail on Tuesday with one surety following an alleged altercation involving police officers last week Friday night at the popular Wall Street area in the south of the island.
The accused, Devon Paris has been slapped with 7 charges including, assault on a police officer, possession of an offensive weapon and obscene language, among others.
Paris, who is currently employed as a waiter catering to visitors on the Grand Anse beach, is accusing the lawmen of brutalising him.
The accused alleged that the law enforcement officers who placed him under arrest kicked him up while on the ground before placing handcuffs on him.
He also claimed that he received an additional beating by the lawmen on arrival at the South St. George Police Station.
Paris appeared before Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill …. (when) ….. represented by attorney-at-law, Anselm Clouden who make an application for bail for his client.
The Police Prosecution, which has carriage of the matter, strongly objected to bail on the grounds that the suspect has “quite a record” and several other charges pending before the court.
According to Clouden, because the matters are summary, usually there is a presumption in favour of bail, which was granted by the Chief Magistrate.
The incident, which is said to have occurred during the late hours of last week Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning stemmed from what the defendant described as total disrespect from the police officers.
THE NEW TODAY was informed that the police were called to Wall Street after Paris, who is believed to have consumed too much alcohol, started carrying on in a manner that was displeasing to other persons who had assembled there.
Police reportedly recovered an offensive weapon namely, (a cutlass) from under a vehicle that was parked nearby.
Paris is expected to make his next court appearance at the No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on January 25, 2016.