Emmerson Christopher Harper succeeded today in convincing a Bridgetown magistrate not to jail him after he pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance and using abusive language to a policeman in the execution of his duties yesterday.
“I don’t want to go back to that place [jail]. You know how long I left that place?”, the Upper Gilkes Alley, Nelson Street, the City resident said as he beseeched Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant not to imprison him when he went before her.
“I apologize to you and the Royal Barbados Police Force,” the unemployed 43-year-old man added.
The court heard that Harper was both loud and aggressive while he was on Browne’s Beach, Bay Street, The City yesterday.
At the time, he was warning beach-goers that if he “get hype, nobody ain’t gine like it cause when he start, he would run all these people off the beach”, the prosecutor said.
A policeman, who was on patrol nearby heard when Harper made the remarks, went over to him, introduced himself as an officer of the law and asked him to behave himself. Constable Ashley Bailey also assured everyone who was gathering by then that all was well.
It was then that Harper, who was standing beside a pile of rocks, told Constable Bailey: “I gine pelt these rocks at you and run all these people off the beach. **** you, officer. I ain’t care nothing ‘bout you or no ****ing police.”
By the time he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, Harper had no recollection of these events.
“To tell the truth, I was under the influence at the time . . . I din even know I say those words to the policeman,” he told the magistrate.
Harper was eventually reprimanded and discharged on both counts.