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Man to be sentenced for fracturing officer’s hand

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

A MAN who fractured a police officer’s hand while he was being arrested will be sentenced for three crimes today.

Alan Burnette pleaded guilty to assaulting Constable Shaziah Mohammed, resisting arrest and having marijuana in his possession.

The court was told yesterday that at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, corporals Ramlogan and Mohammed were on patrol along St James Street, San Fernando when Burnette was stopped and searched.

A pack of cigarettes, containing marijuana, was found in his pants pocket. Two foil packets containing the drug were also discovered.

Ramlogan held Burnette and told him he was under arrest but Burnette pulled away, saying: “I eh taking no lock up for that.”

Police prosecutor Sgt Gordon Maharaj told the court: “Constable Mohammed assisted in effecting arrest (but) the defendant continued struggling violently, causing PC Mohammed to receive injury to his left hand.”

Burnette was subdued and taken to San Fernando Police Station where he was charged with assaulting Mohammed to prevent his arrest and resisting Mohammed in the execution of his duty.

He was also charged with possession of 3.2 grammes of marijuana.

Mohammed was taken for medical attention.

San Fernando Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, who heard the case, said the medical certificate stated his left hand was fractured and swollen.

Burnette apologised for his actions.

He said he was unaware Mohammed was a police officer as he was not dressed in uniform.

Burnette also claimed he was beaten on the foot by the police.

Ramsumair-Hinds asked about Burnette’s criminal background and was told the system to check this was not working.

Burnette admitted to having one previous conviction for obscene language.

But the magistrate asked that he be traced before he is sentenced.

Burnette was remanded in prison custody until today.

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