Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'Hyper' fan pleads guilty

Referee's assistant hit on head


bottle blow: Assistant referee Glen Charles displays his injuries as he leaves the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday. Charles was attacked by a spectator during Monday's South Zone InterCol final at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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A 53-year-old Penal man appeared in the First San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with maliciously wounding referee's assistant Glen Charles.

Charles was allegedly struck on the head during Monday's Coca Cola InterCol South Zone final between Presentation College San Fernando and Shiva Boys Hindu College, at Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

Defendant Godfrey Adams, of Dil Mohammed Trace, Penal Rock Road, pleaded guilty to hitting Charles on the head with a bottle during the match.

Court prosecutor Ramdath Phillip said Charles was performing linesman duty at the match when Adams left his seat in the stands, ran onto the playing field and struck the official.

Adams sustained a laceration to the head and was treated at San Fernando General Hospital and discharged.

Phillip said police officers at the stadium chased after Adams and held him a short distance away.

Adams's attorney, Subhas Panday, said he spoke with Adams and he admitted that he got a bit "emotional when he saw his team losing".

Presentation was leading Shiva Boys 2-1 when the incident occurred in the 80th minute of the game.

Panday said: "In view of the context the incident occurred, in a football InterCol, everybody is hyper. There is extreme tension and he thought the linesman was not being fair. I cannot condone it. He went overboard but he had no malicious intentions."  

Panday asked that Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan impose a non-custodial sentence on Adams.

Phillip said Adams had no previous matters but had a pending matter for disorderly behaviour in 2010.

Rambachan asked that a criminal background trace be done on Adams to determine if the matter was still pending.

The matter was adjourned to today.