Aug 08, 2017 News
– alleged victim testifies
The trial of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Frank Thompson, who is accused of verbally
assaulting Police Constable Leander Gillis, commenced yesterday before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It is alleged that on February 22 last, at Broad Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, ASP Thompson used abusive language towards Constable Gillis.
The senior police rank of 154 Back Street, Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, is currently out on $60,000 bail after pleading not guilty to the charge.
ASP Thompson, who was charged in March, had initially appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, who instructed that the matter would go to trial despite a statement being missing from the police rank who made the allegation against Thompson.
Constable Gillis in his evidence in chief yesterday, told the court that on the day in question about 13:53 hrs, he was on Broad Street when he was stopped by a man.
He said that the man told him something and as result he went to a vehicle, PVV 2106, which was parked, and tapped on the window to alert the driver, who turned out to be ASP Thompson.
Gillis said that he told Thompson of the allegation, and Thompson rolled down his window, started using a series of expletives, and asked him “What the F#*k you gon do about it?”
Gillis told the court that he asked Thompson for a form of identification and his words were, “I dont have no f#**ing identification.”
Gillis said that he then went into his back pocket and made entries into a little red book of what transpired and he heard Thompson asking, “Yuh yuh yuh done constable? Yuh ain’t hear ah talking to yuh… yuh f**king done?”
When Thompson was told to go to the Ruimveldt Police Station because he was behaving in a disorderly manner, he once again used a series of expletives.
Constable Gillis said that he told the defendant not to use indecent language when speaking to him, but Thompson continued to do so and even went to the point of pointing his finger and asking him “what the F*#k you gon do about it?”
When asked by the Constable to go to the Ruimveldt Police Station for a second time, the defendant said “You know who is me? You know who is me? Call ‘A’Division, call Brickdam, call TSU. Bai find out ‘bout me yeah, cause I would kill you and dem. Boy I would murder you mudda s*#*t right here and left you pun the ground.”
Constable Gillis said that he again pleaded with the officer to desist from using indecent language and pointing his finger in his face, but in return, Thompson said “Y’all lucky y’all f**king lucky, if I had my way you won’t be a frigging police.”
Gillis said that while on their way to the Brickdam Police Station, the defendant asked him, “Yo recruit, you ever shoot anybody? You ever kill anybody?”
The constable went on to tell the court that he told Thompson to go to the station and that he would follow him, but Thompson sped off.
The court heard that when the constable managed to reach up with Thompson, he told him to turn off his engine and exit the vehicle before he caused another accident.
The court heard that ASP Thompson came out his vehicle and asked, “Is what the f#*k you want with me bai?”
Constable Gillis said Thompson then tried to put his hand around him and he (Gillis) said ‘do not touch me’. Gillis said moments after he saw Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones’ vehicle proceeding in his direction and he told him something.
Based on what Gillis told Prosecutor Jones, he (Jones) went to Thompson’s vehicle and accompanied him to the Brickdam Police Station. At the station, Thompson pulled out what appeared to be a iron bar with a white handle from his car trunk and said “This is wha I does do my girls dem with.”
Under cross examination by Thompson’s lawyer, Dexter Todd, Constable Gillis told the court that he did not know the officer.
However the attorney told the court that the Constable was attempting to mislead the court and to paint a particular conduct of his client. The matter was adjourned until August 15.
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