Elford Stephens, 35-year-old minibus operator of Glen, has been ‘clamped’ with multiple charges, in connection with an incident at Richmond Hill on Friday, September 22, in which Station Sergeant 444 Kenny Jones, second in command of the Police Traffic Department, and a prosecutor for traffic offenses, was allegedly slapped in his face and pushed to the ground.
Stephens has been charged with assaulting Jones causing him actual bodily harm, resisting arrest, and damaging a wristwatch valued at US$25, belonging to Jones.
He is also charged with making use of indecent language to Jones, to wit, ‘what kind of (expletive) seat belt. Way de (expletive) do alyo. Every (expletive) day alyo harassing people’.
Stephens is further charged with failing to produce his driver’s permit when asked to do so and driving the vehicle MVH519 without wearing a seat belt.
The charges stemmed from an incident at Richmond Hill around 12:15pm on September 22, in which Jones had reportedly approached Stephens in relation to his seat belt.
Stephens pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before Magistrate John Ballah at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
He is on station bail which will continue until the hearing of the matter scheduled for December 11.