After hearing the evidence given in a trial where a St Philip man is accused of fighting with a court marshal, Dujon Carlisle Weekes was today found guilty of the offence.
Weekes, 30, is a bobcat operator who lives at Padmore Village, St Philip.
Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale said that in his view, Anthony Padmore was “carrying out his lawful duty” as a court marshal on September 26, 2011, when Weekes unlawfully and maliciously wounded him.
In reviewing the evidence, Seale said that Padmore had told the court that he had identified himself to Weekes as a marshal and told him he was under arrest.
A struggle took place and Padmore was pushed on to the wall of a store, where he hit his forehead which bled and caused him to seek medical attention.
Weekes though said in his evidence that the marshal had never identified himself and further, that he had grabbed him from behind and he thought he was in danger since he did not know who Padmore was.
He apologized in court today for his actions.
Those who disrespect court marshals are in fact disrespecting the Magistrate, Seale remarked, since it was “not the marshal’s fault that you all don’t pay what you are supposed to pay”.
“Whose fault is it that the marshal now has warrant for you . . . on the instructions of a Magistrate?” Seale asked.
“You were supposed to pay compensation by a certain date and after that the warrant was issued.”
Seale warned Weekes that he would very likely send him to prison, saying that he abhorred that “type of conduct” where “people given lawful authority can’t carry ou their duties”.
“It is sad when in this society people endowed to carry out certain functions can’t carry them out because you have a group of people who feel they can beat marshals, police, telephone men, water authority men,” the Magistrate said.
“Any person who is assaulted or accosted while doing their job, and you come before me, you will be going to prison,” he added.
“If a man comes out there and he is as small as a broomstick and he has on a police uniform, he represents the Crown.”
Weekes will return to court on July 15, when his presentencing report should be ready.