Dexter Oudit (in red jersey) in the crowd at the Peoples Partnership local government election launch at Harris Promenade, San Fernando, shortly before he was arrested. Oudit and another man pleaded not guilty in court today to using obscene language at the meeting. PHOTO by DAVE PERSAD
Two arrested, charged with cursing PM
Magistrate: "What does intoxication have to do with this? We have the right to vote for whoever we want to. There are five political parties and if we disagree with whatever a political party is saying we have the right to dip our finger in red and vote
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Two men, accused of using obscene language during Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's address at the People's Partnership meeting in San Fernando on Monday night, appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate today.
Dexter Oudit, 49, and Marlon Richardson, 34, were charged with using obscene language to the annoyance of persons on a public street at Harris Promenade, San Fernando.
The men appeared before magistrate Rae Roopchand in the Fifth Court.
The prosecution read that the men were standing and in a loud tone began shouting expletives at the Prime Minister. They were arrested by WPC Horsely.
Oudit, of Hubert Rance Street, Vistabella, said, "Guilty Sir, I was under alcohol. Sorry Sir."
Roopchand said, "What does intoxication have to do with this? We have the right to vote for whoever we want to. There are five political parties and if we disagree with whatever a political party is saying we have the right to dip our finger in red and vote for whoever we want. You don't disrupt the political meeting."
Oudit then added that that it was someone else who was using obscene language. As a result of his statement, Magistrate Roopnarine entered a not guilty plea on Oudit's behalf.
Oudit is an employee at the San Fernando City Corporation.
Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Both men were placed on $1,000 own bond to return to court on November 12. Both men have matters pending before the court.