Sando maxi driver to pay $200 for cursing police
A MAXI-TAXI driver who cursed a senior police officer was yesterday told his choice of language was unfair, disrespectful, unnecessary, too prevalent in society and unbecoming of a citizen of this country.
Errol Nandlal, who works the Chaguanas to San Fernando route, was ordered to pay the maximum fine of $200 for using obscene language.
“It matters not to me if this man was a superintendent of police or a vagrant on the streets. The fact remains, to use such vile language is unbecoming of a citizen and it is very unnecessary.... This is not the way to treat people,” San Fernando Magistrate Aden Stroude said.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Chanardath Jhilmit told the court it was around 8.30 a.m. yesterday that Nandlal blocked St James Street, San Fernando, with his green-band maxi-taxi.
Senior Superintendent Cecil Santana, who was dressed in plain clothes, spoke to him about his actions, and Nandlal cursed and asked the officer if he was “hurry”.
When told of the offence of obscene language and cautioned, Nandlal said he did not care and drove off.
Santana called for assistance, and Nandlal was chased by police officers in a squad car.
His maxi was intercepted in Mount Moriah Road, San Fernando.
Nandlal, 53, of Freeport, was charged by Constable Ramcharan of the Gasparillo Police Station.
Before Stroude yesterday, Nandlal apologised for his actions.
But the magistrate told him, “The officer did not ask you to do anything wrong, yet you disrespected him for no good reason.... It was a total lack of respect and uncalled for.”
Nandlal, who had no previous matters before the court, was fined $200.
In default of paying the money immediately, he will serve 30 days in prison.