Twenty- four year- old Leon Phillips of 169 D’Aguiar’s Park, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Gita Chandan- Edmond, on Thursday, last, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, to answer to the charges of disorderly behaviour, resisting of arrest, the use of indecent language and assaulting a police officer.
It is alleged that on October 27, last, the accused unlawfully and maliciously behave disorderly and made use of indecent language. It is also alleged that on the said day, the defendant assaulted a police officer, while he resisted an arrest conducted by the said rank.
The defendant, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charges. City Police Prosecutor, James Garnett had no objections to bail hence, the Magistrate granted bail to the sum of $15,000 and ordered the defendant to make his next court appearance on December 14.
Phillips, who is a debt collector, had told Kaieteur News that he was assaulted by ranks of the city constabulary, when he was escorted out of the municipal compound in October, last, when he made attempts to retrieve outstanding money from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).
According to Phillips, he was seeking permission to speak with Andrew Meredith, the City Treasurer, when he was thrown out.
He said that in March, RRT Enterprise sold a hauler and low bed trailer to M&CC for $10M.
Phillips stated that the first payment was made by M&CC on March 16; last, totalling 6M and another payment of 2M was made on April 23.
He contended that he told Meredith that he would lodge complaints with the Ministry of Local Government, due to the delay of payments. He stated that he received another payment of $1M on October 12.
Phillips contended that “Mr. Patterson” from M&CC called him and told him that Meredith is requesting $100,000 before he can sign the cheque for the outstanding balance of money. He said that Meredith called him on October 29, last and asked him to meet with him in his office to collect the money.
He said that he gave Meredith $80,000 and he wrote a cheque for the outstanding balance of $1M.
Phillips said that while he was in a meeting, with “Mr. Rooplall” at the Ministry of Local Government, Meredith contacted him via telephone, demanding another $30,000. Phillips contended that the call was placed on speaker before “Mr. Rooplall”
Phillips told Kaieteur News on Thursday, last, that the cheque he had received from the city’s treasurer was a “bounce cheque.” He said that he contacted the office of the treasurer, but was told that Meredith had gone on leave until further notice.
Phillips said that he was given until November 10, 2010 to receive another cheque from M&CC for the outstanding balance. He is contending that the treasurer was fired.
However, when Kaieteur News had contacted the treasurer, he said that the outstanding balance was paid to the man on October 29, last. He said that it is customary that if any company sells a product to the council, the item must be registered to the M&CC before all payments are made.
When he was asked about the allegations made by Phillips, he said that the allegations are “outrageous”.
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