Businessman fined $1500 for resisting arrest

A 32-year-old businessman who allegedly assaulted a Police Officer was on Tuesday ordered to pay a fine of $1500 for resisting arrest and granted $5000 bail on the assault charge. Terrence Lynch appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where the charges were read.
He pleaded guilty to the charge which alleged that on April 13, he resisted Corporal Carl Pedro while he was executing his duty but denied the other charges including disorderly behaviour and assaulting the peace officer so as to cause him bodily harm.
The Police stated that on the day in question, Corporal Pedro was performing duties when he noticed motor car PNN 5061 parked diagonally at the No 42 minibus park.
The rank reportedly approached the vehicle and cautioned Lynch. However, an argument ensued between the two, thus resulting in the Corporal attempting to arrest the errant driver but instead, he was dealt several cuffs about his body.
On the other hand, the accused told the court that he owns and operate a stall at the Stabroek Market and has been parking at the same spot for some time now. As such, he explained that as the officer confronted him, he became angry and reacted.
Nevertheless, Magistrate McLennan informed Lynch that he has no right to question the officer’s decision.
She related that civilians are expected to comply and obey officers and more, informed him that he should contact the nearest police station if he was wronged.
As such, he was fined $1500 for resisting arrest and granted $5000 bail on the assault charge. The matter had been adjourned to June 1, 2021.