Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bottle-throwing case to start Oct 3

 The trial involving 39-year-old Gerald Aboud, who is charged with five offences— among them throwing missiles at people and assaulting a female officer, is expected to officially begin on October 3. 

The charges against Aboud stemmed from an incident which involved the police wrecking a vehicle in July last year.

The matter was recalled yesterday morning in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Third Court  before Magistrate Carl Quamina. 

Aboud, of St Clair, was represented by defence attorney Fareed Ali. 

At yesterday’s hearing, the complainant in the matter, Sgt Marcellin Charles, informed the court the prosecution would be requesting more time as two of the main witnesses were regrettably unavailable.

Ali did not object to the request, and in turn made a request of his own, that a particular extract from the station diary on the day his client was arrested  be disclosed to the defence. 

However, the State objected to this request saying they were not inclined to disclose the extract. Ali in turn asked the magistrate if he could pen a letter to the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police on the actions of the state prosecutor. 

After further submissions from both parties to the court, Quamina adjourned the matter to October 3, and asked that the state and defence come to a mutual resolution on the disputed issue before the date. 

It was alleged that on July 6, at Ross Street, St Clair, Aboud threw missiles to the danger of persons along the said street and used obscene language. 

It was also alleged that on the same date and place, Aboud obstructed and resisted WPC Vanessa Melville in the execution of her duty, as well as assaulting Melville. Aboud pleaded not guilty to all five charges and was granted bail at $25,000.