In Magistrates Court this morning [July 23], 38-year-old Pembroke resident Delano Williams, who described himself as a “very nice polite person” was fined $600 after pleading guilty to using threatening words and offering threatening behavior to police on 22nd July near Belvin’s store on Happy Valley Road.
The Crown Prosecutor told Senior Magistrate Archie Warner that police had been called after Mr Williams had created a disturbance at the Happy Valley Road shop. In speaking to Mr Williams, Police evidence was that Mr Williams had responded and said to them: “F— you. Who do you think you are?” This had led to a scuffle with Mr Williams jabbing his finger at Police and attempting to kick them.
Police had eventually handcuffed and restrained Mr Williams and taken him to Hamilton Police Station where he continued to resist saying: “I will do what the f— I want.” Police evidence was that they eventually man-handled into a cell. Police said that because of his state of intoxication, he had not had his ‘rights’ read to him.
Given the opportunity to explain his actions, Mr Williams told the Senior Magistrate: “I am from the area. I am normally a very nice polite person. I had been drinking”. He said he people in the shop had short-changed him and he was trying to get his money back.
The Magistrate reviewed Mr Williams record which showed convictions for similar offences and responded: “You gotta’ stop drinking.” Mr Williams replied: “I agree.”
Duty Counsel Leopold Mills speaking in mitigation told the Senior Magistrate that in all the circumstances, he felt that Mr Williams was:”… under the influence of wines and spirits, perhaps more spirits than wines.”
Magistrate Warner fined Mr Williams $300 on each of the two counts. Mr Williams quickly said: “That’s a lot of groceries” and asked for time to pay. The Magistrate replied: “You should stop drinking” but gave him until 23 August to pay the $600.
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