Changa Shaquille Stowe Wednesday admitted to threatening Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Roland Cobbler, but denied assaulting or resisting him.
And while he awaits sentencing for some offences and the start of his trial on other charges, the 22-year-old will spend time at HMP Dodds.
When he appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court, Stowe, of 1st Avenue Flint Hall, St Michael admitted to: failing to wear a seatbelt while he was a minibus passenger on Cheapside Road; refusing to give his name and address after being requested to do so by Inspector Cobbler; and using the threatening words “it is people like wunna so who only humbug the place. Wunna so want killing” and “you is a *** idiot, you better move ya *** from around me. I don’t know what bummy vibes you bringing to *** round me” towards Cobbler in the execution of his duty on Tuesday.
However, he denied assaulting and resisting the senior officer on the same day.
According to the facts read by Sergeant Theodore McClean, Inspector Cobbler had reason to stop the minibus, and on doing so he realized that Stowe, a front seat passenger, was not wearing his seatbelt. He spoke to the accused who failed to comply with his instructions, so he proceeded to report him.
It was then that he requested Stowe’s name and address, but the man refused and subsequently issued the threatening words. Stowe was then informed that he was under arrest but he began walking away. He was pursued and allegedly fought with the officer, which resulted in the assault and resisting arrest charges.
In giving his version of what occurred that day, Stowe said he was in the front seat of the van when a man walked up to the driver and spoke to him.
He said he kept looking at the man whom he thought was the owner of the minibus. Stowe also claimed that Inspector Cobbler was dressed in civilian clothing and did not identify himself as a police officer until they arrived at the police station.
After mulling over the arguments, Magistrate Bannister remanded Stowe to HMP Dodds until June 28.
However, he returns to court on June 8 for trial on the charges to which he pleaded not guilty.