Ann’s Grove minibus driver who assaulted cop slapped with 13 charges

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A minibus driver who was on Saturday arrested for assaulting a Police Lance Corporal, was on Tuesday charged and released on $150,000 bail for all the charges.

Okemi Omali Harry, 30, of Middle Street, Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara was hauled before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and was read the 13 charges.

He was charged with failure to wear a seat belt (two charges), failure to carry a conductor, having more than the allowed limit of tint, failure to behave in a civil and orderly manner, assault a peace officer (Lance Corporal Singh), assaulting a peace officer (Constable Dorris), damage to property, resisting peace officer, indecent language, disorderly behaviour, careless driving and failure to comply with Police direction.

Harry denied the charges and the prosecutor objected to bail being granted. However, the Magistrate released Harry on $150,000 on all the charges.

The matters were adjourned to December 19, 2022.

The News Room understands that the incident occurred on Saturday at about 17:00hrs along the Montrose, East Coast Demerara. Police said Harry was stopped for speeding and asked to produce his license.

“While Lance Corporal Singh was in the process of writing the driver a ticket, the driver made attempts to take away his license from Corporal Singh, who refused. The driver then started to assault the Police rank,” the Police reported.

Police also reported that two days prior to Saturday’s incident, Harry was stopped for not wearing a seat belt, but he drove off. However this charge was brought against the man after he was arrested on Saturday.

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