A minibus passenger who became enraged because the driver was seemingly “dragging” the minibus to Bridgetown and “making him late” has been remanded to Dodds until September 19.
Newton, Christ Church resident Kevin Pierre Hope boarded the bus in the area of Newton Industrial Park yesterday. As usual, the bus made several stops along the route on its way to The City which enraged Hope.
Sergeant Edwin Pinder said the accused reportedly spoke to the driver informing him that he was making him late and he needed to get to Bridgetown as soon as possible.
But Hope asked to exit the vehicle as the driver turned onto Bay Street. When he was informed that he could not get off at that point, Hope reportedly rushed to the door, pushed the conductor and exited the vehicle at the traffic lights.
But he was not done. He then picked up a stone and launched it at the bus, shattering the left and rear windows – which will cost $2,500 to repair.
“The driver was dragging along the road all the way to town . . . . I asked the conductor to let me out . . . . At the time he was at the traffic lights . . . . The van had stopped. I opened the door and got out,” Hope said as he explained his actions to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
He further stated: “The driver was cursing . . . . I took a rock and throw it at the van as a result the windows were broken . . . but I saw the driver take up a sickle – I felt threatened.”
However, his explanation fell short as the magistrate chastised him for endangering the life of other passengers on the minibus by his actions.
The complainant, Mario Collymore, is to appear in court when next Hope is brought down from prison.