Okemi Omali Harry, the minibus driver who assaulted a traffic officer at Montrose, East Coast Demerara, on Saturday last, appeared today at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court to answer to 13 charges.
Harry, 30, of Lot 93 Middle Street, Ann’s Grove, appeared before Her Worship Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool in relation to the following charges:
1. Failure to wear a seat belt
2. Failure to carry a Conductor
3. Prohibition of tinted glass
4. Failure to behave in a civil and orderly manner
5. Assault peace officer (Lance Corporal Singh)
6. Assault peace officer (Constable Dorris)
7. Damage to property
8. Resist peace officer
9. Indecent language
10. Disorderly behaviour
11. Careless driving
12. Failure to wear seat belt
13. Failure to comply with Police direction
He was granted bail in the sum of $150,000 on all the charges.
The matters were adjourned to December 19, 2022, for statements.
At about 17:00 hrs on Saturday last, Lance Corporal Singh and Woman Constable Doris were conducting Traffic duties on Montrose Public Road when they stopped minibus BAC 2287, driven by Harry. He was allegedly speeding.
He was told of the offence committed and asked to produce his driver’s licence. While Lance Corporal Singh was writing a ticket, the driver attempted to take away his licence from Lance Corporal Singh, who refused. The driver then started to assault the police ranks.
Two days prior to Saturday’s incident, Harry was stopped for not wearing a seat belt, but he drove off, resulting in a second failure to wear seatbelt charge.