A Government security guard, attached to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, today refused an apology from a 29-year-old man who assaulted him while on the job.
Rico Orlando Ricardo Caine, of Lot 3, 8th Avenue West Terrace, St James, admitted before Magistrate Douglas Frederick to slapping away the hand of Jervis Holder earlier today as he was being searched.
Station Sergeant Neville Reid explained that Caine was about to enter the compound just before noon when Holder informed him about the procedure. The security guard then attempted to search Caine who knocked away both his hands before the matter was reported to police.
From the docks Caine explained to the magistrate that he had a verbal altercation with the guard sometime last year and was not happy with the manner in which Holder was carrying out his duties.
“Everybody got different personalities and egos . . . and I felt disrespected in the way he was carrying out his job. He told me if ‘I can’t search you, you can’t come in here,’” Caine reported.
He further explained that he had asked another guard to search him, but that request was denied as she was on break.
“He was searching me in a disrespectful manner. He had his hand on my buttocks holding it long, so I push off his hands. I had no issue with him doing his job, but the manner in which he hold my buttocks,” Caine told the magistrate, adding that after the incident he took it upon himself to just walk into the precincts of the court.
However, he failed to convince Frederick who told him that Holder was a professional who had been attached to the court for a very long time and had been doing a good job.
“You had problems before, so it seems like you came with a chip on your shoulder. That is a security checkpoint, you had no right passing through as the security is there to protect us down here. I cannot support you at all or look in your favour.
“There is too much disrespect going around . . . you have to respect the system, if not . . . it will fall into disrepute,” the magistrate added before telling Caine that he would have to apologize.
Holder was then called into the court.
“I apologize for what happened this morning,” Caine said, but Holder brushed aside the apology instead reminding Caine of his behaviour.
“You remember [asking] me this morning if I was on my period and telling me I’m gay . . . on my job. You embarrassed me to the fullest when it was nothing like that. You also had an attitude and told me when you see me on the road, you gine fight me,” Holder revealed.
The magistrate then warned Caine to stay at least 50 yards away from Holder when he sees him on the streets. He also imposed a three months suspended sentence on the unemployed man, which is to remain in place for a year.