He was wearing a scarf around his face and head to cover a ‘bust head’, but Jahvanie DaCosta Ifill never explained that to police.
That misunderstanding led to the 18-year-old appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on two charges today.
Ifill, of 2nd Avenue, Pickwick Gap, St Michael, admitted to assaulting Police Constable Donna Cadogan in the execution of her duties on June 4.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to using abusive language by uttering the words, “I know my ra****** rights. I got the right to curse. I don’t give a f*** about wanna freaky officers” on the same date.
In relaying the facts, prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim said police were on duty at the Constitution River Terminal where they saw the accused wearing a black scarf covering his face up to his eyes.
He was approached by police but responded by using abusive language and getting aggressive. As he walked away he struck the constable on her left shoulder, causing her to stumble.
When the offence was pointed out to him, the accused then gave police the wrong name and address.
“I ain’t do nothing wrong. I just had the scarf covering my bust head,” he told Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
However, after the magistrate showed him he acted in the wrong manner, Ifill admitted to having anger management issues.
“I does get vex fast,” he said.
The magistrate then ordered a pre-sentencing report, which he said would be necessary before sentencing him and adjourned the matter until August 3, after granting Ifill $1, 000 bail.