Livingstone Stanton Springer, a 60-year-old disc jockey, was reprimanded and discharged today after pleading guilty on an earlier occasion to using insulting and abusive language about the police in their presence and causing a disturbance at a Christ Church establishment.
Springer, of Salters, St George, appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court before Magistrate Douglas Frederick who told him that he should be setting a better example at his age and that cursing policemen at a nightclub could very well undermine their authority.
Last April 18, Springer said in the hearing of police officers, “Wunna f**** police is idiots. I f*** talking to my son. The officers had gone to the establishment where Springer was playing to investigate a matter.
While doing so, they heard the deejay on the outside quarrelling and cursing. They spoke to him about his behaviour and pointed out that it was an offence.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock told the court that when Springer was asked by the officers to give his name and address he refused.
Attorney-at-law Shane Thompson told the court today that he was offering “an explanation rather than justification” on behalf of his client. Thompson said that at the time of the incident, Springer was actually talking to his son about the police but not directly to them.
Though not excusing the first-time offender’s behaviour, the lawyer said it happened purely out of frustration. He explained that his client was paid to play, but every time police raided his workplace it prevented him from earning adequate pay and that particular night he just vented.
“He is a 60-year-old deejay in a young man’s world,” Thompson continued, saying that Springer felt deprived of being able to perform the job which provided him with his only form of income.
Even though the policemen might have been offended by the remarks, no physical damage was done to them, Thompson added.
When Magistrate Frederick told Springer that cursing policemen could very well undermine their authority, he interjected to inform the court that police raids had occurred many times over the past year.
“But you don’t know what people might have. If the police raid the place and find guns or knives, those could threaten you as a deejay as well. You think when they start shooting, they going say, ‘Oh not he. He is 60,’” Frederick replied.
When Springer said he understood, the magistrate asked him to apologize to the police officer involved who was present. Springer did so.
Magistrate Frederick told Springer that in deciding to reprimand and discharge him, he had taken into account the fact that it was his first offence and that he was already experiencing financial challenges.
He advised Springer that he ought to be upholding the law at his age and he probably should consider playing oldie goldies instead to a different audience.