After chiding him for his lawless behaviour, acting Magistrate Alliston Seale fined a Glebe, St George man $500 for assaulting a minibus conductor yesterday.
Darron Denico Austin, 21, admitted to committing the offence and to having camouflage in his possession the same day.
Sergeant Neville Reid told the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court that Austin boarded the minibus at the River Terminal. When the conductor later requested the fare, Austin said he had none.
The conductor, Jason Persaud, told the driver to stop the bus. He did so, opened the door and both driver and conductor told him to either pay or disembark.
Austin became loud and aggressive, called the conductor a p**** and paid the fare.
The trip continued but, at some point later while Persaud was standing behind Austin, the conductor felt a sharp and sudden knock to the right side of his head and ear.
“When the van get in Church Bottom you gine see,” Austin also told Persaud.
The bus was driven to the District ‘A’ Police Station where a complaint was made. While being searched, a camouflage handkerchief was found in Austin’s pocket.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on that count and the forthwith fine was paid.
Austin explained to the court that he never intended to hit Persaud but he was holding on in the van and his elbow hit the complainant accidentally.