A case against a 27-year-old labourer accused of assaulting three patrolling police officers began in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court today.
When Samuel Ricardo Ryan O’Neal Prince of Dalkeith Village, St Michael first appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick last year he pleaded not guilty to assaulting and resisting Police Constable Rodney Barrow and obstructing Police Constable Alfred Clarke and Police Sergeant Junior White in the execution of their duties on April 13, 2017.
Sergeant White told the court he and his colleagues were on mobile patrol duty in the area of the St Lawrence Primary School, Christ Church when they saw Prince and another man walking towards the vehicle.
The officer said the area was poorly lit so he asked one of the officers to turn the vehicle headlamps on “high beam”.
That enable the police to observe the man walking on the right fidgeting with a “shinny object” on his waist. Officers stopped the man and held on as he subsequently started to “struggle violently” in a bid to escape.
White said the man then called out to the accused saying “Sammy help me” and Prince made several attempts to get to the man who was being detained. Despite being told by Constable Barrow to move and keep moving, Prince persisted in pushing his way through, committing the offences in the process.
“When officer Barrow tried to hold on to Prince he ran off making good his escape,” Sergeant White said in his evidence today adding that the other man was taken into custody and Prince was apprehended later that same night.
The trial, which is being prosecuted by Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds, continues on September 24.