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Man fined $950 for cutlass attack on cop

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

A MAN accused of attacking a police officer with a cutlass appeared before a San Fernando magistrate yesterday.

Neville Simon, 49, was accused of kicking, cursing and running away from the officer when he was being arrested.

Simon pleaded to be fined for the offences and for time to pay the money. He said he had spent all his cash on Christmas groceries.

Around 1 a.m. last Friday, constable Kerry Griffith went to a house at Seon Drive, Tarodale, Ste Madeleine to investigate a report.

He approached Simon and identified himself but Simon cursed the officer and asked if he had nothing to do.

Simon was told of the offence of using obscene language but continued to use expletives, saying that no officer was going to arrest him.

Griffith held onto Simon's hand and he pulled away in a violent manner, police prosecutor Cleon Seedan said yesterday.

Simon kicked the officer on his left shin and ran into a room of the house.

"He took out a cutlass from under a mattress on the floor of the said room," Seedan said.

Simon was told to drop the sharp object and there was a struggle between him and Griffith.

The assailant was eventually subdued and charged with using obscene language, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer during the execution of his duties and possession of a weapon with intent to wound.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington fined him a total of $950 for all the offences.

"I could have time to pay? For the Christmas season I spent all the money on groceries," said Simon, who had a bandage to the top of his head.

Wellington allowed him 14 days to pay the money. Should this go undone, Simon will spend time behind bars.

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