The son of former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds was this morning slapped with five charges, including assaulting a peace officer and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and released on $50,000 bail.
Thirty-Eight-year-old Samuel Hinds Jr. of Agricola, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts.
The first charge stated that on May 9, 2019, at Main Street, Georgetown, Hinds resisted arrest from Police Constable Canterbury, who was at the time acting in the execution of his duties.
It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, Hinds Junior behaved in a disorderly manner.
The third charge stated that on the same day and at the same location, Hinds drove motor vehicle PMM 4446 when the identification mark on the vehicle was not visible.
It was further alleged that on May 9, 2019 at Main Street, Georgetown, Hinds unlawfully assaulted Police Constable Canterbury, who was acting in the execution of his duties.
The last charge alleged that on the same day and at the same location, Hinds, while required to take a breathalyzer test from Police Constable Thom, refused.
Hinds, who is a miner, pleaded not guilty to all the charges after they were read to him by the magistrate.
According to information, on the day in question, Hinds was pulled over by ranks who were conducting an operation on Main Street, Georgetown.
It was reported that the ranks pulled him over and asked to conduct a breathalyzer test on him. However, Hinds refused to to take the test.
When asked to step out of his vehicle, Hinds allegedly refused and, as efforts were being made to have him detained and escorted to the Brickdam Police Station, he reportedly whipped out a firearm and pointed it at the ranks.
The ranks then called for backup and Hinds was later arrested and escorted to the Brickdam Police Station where his firearm was confiscated and lodged.
He was also allegedly found to be under the influence.
Hinds’ lawyer, Latchmie Rahamat, in a successful bail application, told the court that her client is a businessman and will return to court for the trial.
With objections raised by Police Prosecutor, Arvin Moore, the magistrate released the defendant on $50,000 bail.
He was instructed to make his next court appearance on June 12, 2019.