Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tout vs taxi driver over passenger plays out in courtroom

A MAXI-TAXI tout who assaulted a taxi driver and damaged his car during a dispute over a passenger was yesterday placed on a two year bond.

Dexter Simon was also ordered to pay over $4,900 in compensation to the owner of the car.

Simon was charged that on March 17 at Library Corner, San Fernando he maliciously damaged the victim's car to the value of $4,950 and maliciously assaulted the car's owner causing a wound.

Magistrate Alicia Chankar also read the charge to Simon that on August 19 he had marijuana in his possession.

Simon, 33 of Pleasantville said he was guilty of all the charges.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said it was at 9 p.m. on March 17 that the victim parked his vehicle at Harris Promenade, San Fernando and exited. He was approached by Simon and an argument ensued. Seedan said Simon “took up several stones from the immediate vicinity” and threw them at the victim's vehicle. He damaged the windscreen, right side door and tailgate of the Nissan Caravan.

The court heard that Simon then swung a cutlass at the victim and injured his right hand.

When Simon was taken at the police station over the weekend, after he was held with one gramme of marijuana, he was told of the report that he damaged the vehicle and the owner.

He admitted he committed the offence saying that he and the owner of the car had an altercation over a girl.

Defence attorney Chantal Paul said on that day a female passenger was getting into the maxi that her client was helping fill, when the victim tried to get her to go into his vehicle. She said Simon was stabbed by the victim in the shoulder region but did not make a report to the police.

Simon denied he had attacked the victim with a cutlass but said that he did throw stones which may have damaged the man's hand.

The lawyer said the father of one had the marijuana for his personal use after he hurt his back in a fall while on a jobsite. She said he had a previous conviction for possession of cocaine.

Simon was placed on a $5,000 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years. He was also ordered to compensate the victim the sum of $4,950. This money had to be paid before the end of next month or Simon will serve six weeks simple imprisonment.

He was also fined $500 for possession for the marijuana. He was order to pay this fine immediately or serve 30 days hard labour.