Aug 31, 2012 News Comments Off on Man ‘cusses’ Magistrate, gets seven days in jail
A 49-year-old man was jailed for seven days on Wednesday last for “cussing out” a Magistrate.
Richard Bennette, who had no fixed place of abode, was charged with using abusive language and escaping lawful custody when he faced Magistrate Hazel Octive- Hamilton at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
The man pleaded guilty to, earlier in the day, verbally abusing the Court Six Magistrate, Haymant Ramdhani. He, however, proclaimed his innocence in the escape matter.
It is alleged that on Wednesday, Bennette escaped from police officers while in custody at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, Croal Street, waiting to be charged for cussing the Magistrate.
According to the facts of the matter, Bennette was earlier in the day charged for littering. The man was arrested by City Constables and taken to Court Six, after he committed the act in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market.
The defendant had pleaded guilty to the littering charge, but after receiving the sentence handed down by Magistrate Ramdani, Bennette became annoyed and verbally expressed his dissatisfaction with the Magistrate’s ruling. The defendant told the Magistrate that he is “f…ing biased”.
Upon hearing this, Magistrate Ramdani ordered his Court Prosecutor to have the defendant charged for his disrespect. Bennette was later taken over to Court 10 where he was placed on a bench, waiting to be charged.
Bennette reportedly made a run for it when he saw the chance. The man was nowhere to be found when officers were ready to charge him. Bennette was, however, captured in close proximity of the Court, hours after police officers went looking for him.
The defendant had nothing to say when Magistrate Octive Hamilton asked.
She ordered Bennette to pay $5,000 fine or face seven days in the lock ups. For escaping from custody, he was placed on $25,000 bail.
Bennette will reappear in court on September 4th. In the meantime, he will remain a guest of the state since he paid neither the bail nor the fine.
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