A 50-year-old Barbadian man was ordered to pay compensation for assaulting an officer and damaging the property of the Crown while in quarantine.
According to Police Spokesman Station Sergeant (ag) Michael Blackman, Stevenson Squires of Market Hill, St. George assaulted Sergeant Shane Chase and damaged two sash windows and one wooden door belonging to the Crown on January 4, 2021.
Blackman said the accused was on quarantine at the BDF Paragon Base, Fairy Valley, Christ Church after arriving here from the United Kingdom on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
Whilst on the compound Squires became boisterous and had to be spoken to by Sergeant Chase about his behaviour.
According to police, Squires continued to behave in an unruly manner making threats to Sergeant Chase, while having a glass bottle, which he held threateningly to Sergeant Chase at the time.
Sergeant Chase then apprehended and restrained Squires who was then placed in a holding room for safety.
About 3:15 p.m., Sergeant Chase was alerted that the accused was attempting to escape after damaging the door to the holding room. Squires was again apprehended and placed in the holding room under restraint.
Sergeant Chase then went to check on Squires and observed him damaging sash windows.
When Squires appeared before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes, at the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court, Cane Garden, St. Thomas today he pleaded guilty to both charges.
He was ordered to pay compensation in the sum of $2000 by May 28, 2021, for the assault on Sergeant Chase with the alternative of 30 days in prison. He will also have to pay damages in the sum of $1533.91 to the Crown by the same date or 30 days in prison.