THE police officer who was allegedly spat upon by entertainer Rodney "Benjai" Le Blanc testified yesterday that moments before the alleged assault, he saw police officers speaking to a man with an oval head, large ears, broad mouth and broad nose.
PC Valentine Eastman pointed out Le Blanc in court as being that person.
Eastman told the San Fernando Fifth Court he was on duty at a party at the base of the San Fernando Hill when he heard a singer, who was introduced as Benjai, using expletives over the sound system, as he called for the microphone to be fixed.
Eastman said as a result of hearing this, he went stage side.
"I observed Acting Cpl Wolfe and three or four other officers speaking to a gentleman who was medium built, stocky, brown-skinned (with an) oval face, close-cut hairstyle, side burns, moustache and beard closely cut, broad nose, large ears, broad mouth, in a blue jeans and multi-coloured, striped jersey."
Eastman said the area was lit and there was no obstruction to him seeing the person.
He said he was told by Wolfe that Le Blanc was under arrest and he (Eastman) handcuffed the entertainer and began escorting him out the party to a police vehicle.
"A section of the crowd started booing. Some even tried to block my path."
Eastman testified that he was able to reach the waiting vehicle and "as I opened the left, back door of that vehicle, a marked police vehicle, and attempted to place the defendant into the vehicle, he spit (sic) on me, straight in my face".
Eastman raised his hand to his right cheek as he spoke.
He said Le Blanc's breath smelt of alcohol.
"He said in a loud tone of voice, 'I is a high science man, I go deal with you personally'," Eastman said.
The officer said at Mon Repos Police Station, he gave a statement to Wolfe and Le Blanc, 35, of Arima, was later charged.
Cross-examination did not take place yesterday as defence attorney Shalini Khan said she preferred to finish her cross-examination of Wolfe before she moved on to Eastman.
Wolfe was expected to take the witness stand to finish being questioned, but police prosecutor, Sgt Marlon Bruce, said the officer was ill.
Khan also asked that a summons be issued for the records keeper at the hospital to produce medical records for her client dated December 19, 2010. She said in the past she had been unsuccessful in getting the documents.
The matter was adjourned by Magistrate Natalie Diop to April 3.
Two days after the performance at San Fernando Hill, on December 18, 2010, Le Blanc pleaded guilty to using obscene language and was reprimanded and discharged for the offence.
He is facing the charge of assaulting Eastman in the execution of his duties.