“If you know you can’t hold your liquor, do like me. Drink Plus!”
That was not a free advertisement, which came from Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale this afternoon, but a stern piece of advice to a man who today admitted to assaulting a woman and cutting up the seat of a ZR van on Saturday.
Based on the facts presented in court by Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, Alltap Deen, a carpenter from No. 1 Welches, Christ Church, boarded the ZR van from Bridgetown and sat in the left rear seat, directly behind Mechelle Ali.
However, Burnett told the Oistins Magistrate’s Court that Deen, who was intoxicated at the time, began cutting up the back of the seat in front of him. While doing so, he “inadvertently” struck Ali in her back.
After Deen disembarked at Oistins, another passenger alerted conductor Adrian Bennett as to what had transpired. Bennett quickly went after Deen. When he caught up with him and asked him about the seat, Deen denied causing the damage.
Even when the conductor took him back to the vehicle and showed him the damage, Deen again denied it.
Bennett then told him he would have to pay for it, put him inside the van and the driver Alex Maynard drove to Oistins Police Station.
According to the prosecutor, Deen was so drunk at the station that he could not be interviewed immediately. After he sobered, Deen told police he knew something was wrong but could not recall the events.
“Why you behaved so on the people van?” Seale queried today.
“Sir I can’t recall I damaged anything.”
“Too drunk to recall,” Seale responded.
All Deen could remember was getting out of a van at Oistins “to order a food” and seeing the driver and conductor “rush” him.
That was when the Acting Magistrate advised him to stay away from alcohol.
Deen was then granted $2, 000 bail until Thursday when he returns to court, along with the female passenger and the vehicle owner, who is expected to give an estimate of the damage.