Man Denies Assaulting Senator Jeff Baron

August 29, 2014

Jeff BaronIn Magistrates Court this morning [Aug 29], a 46-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges involving an alleged interaction with Senator Jeff Baron on August 27, 2014 at Swizzle Inn.

Victor Johnston pleaded not guilty to unlawfully assaulting Senator Jeffrey Baron [pictured] and causing him bodily harm, and to unlawfully damaging a shirt belonging to Mr. Baron and valued at $88.

Mr. Johnston then pleaded not guilty to having care and control of a vehicle while his ability to exercise good care and control was impaired.

Finally, Mr. Johnston plead not guilty to refusing to take a breath test after being requested to do so by a police officer who had reason to do so.

Senior Magistrate Archie Warner set trial for November 2014 and granted Mr Johnston $2,000 bail with one surety.

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  1. swing voter says:

    hummmmm, $88 for a shirt? u better secure a very good QC bie.

    • sonso says:

      Apparently you do not own any nice dress shirts!

      $88 is cheap, really.

      • PBanks says:

        perspective. Some men have maybe one expensive dress shirt, some men have nothing *but* expensive dress shirts.

      • Double D says:

        Or hasn’t been shopping in BDA lately.

        I saw a t-shirt in a particular store going for $65 the other day.

        A t-shirt!!

      • swing voter says:

        depends on one’s salary, purchasing power…..and priorities in life. Since politics does not compliment my morals and values, Walmart and Target shirts suit me fine

        • Jay Maloy says:

          Well, while you’re trying to be moral and self-righteous and thinking that you’re better than other people, those cheap shirts from Walmart and Target are made by underpaid sweat shop workers in Asia including children.

        • PBanks says:

          Man you couldn’t even say English Sports Shop or another local retailer. You’re roughing us up, swingvoter.

        • onion gal says:

          Then you must be able afford to travel abroad to shop in Walmart & Target, unless you live abroad?

  2. Kunta says:

    De people agree to take a Furlough Day so politicians can dress lavishly.

    • sonso says:

      Why dont you ask Paula Cox how many hats she has?

      • Cleancut says:

        I thought she only had the two hats while she was in government.

        The Cash flow hat and the Cog hat.

    • BIU Member says:

      No, they do is so Chris can wear thousand dollar suits!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Does he not have a fulltime job which pays a fulltime wage so that he can buy whatever shirt he likes.

      • Tough Love says:

        Yes, and that was the point he’s making. No shared sacrifice on Baron’s part.

        • Creamy says:

          If you regard an $88 shirt as lavish, either uou don’t live here or you need to get out more.

          This place is full of yokels.

          • Tough Love says:

            Well I can’t afford the $88 shirt and I doubt I’m the only Bermudian in that boat and I have a full time job.

            But there is two Bermudas, I must have forgotten which side I was talking to.

      • Kunta says:

        What full time job ?

        • Toodle-oo says:

          What’s it like being the most poorly read and informed poster on Bernews ?

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  3. enough says:

    I have a $88 dollar shirt and I’m not a politician. Have you been shopping lately, evidently not because that is cheap.

  4. watching says:

    they are charging him for the shirt?? really?

  5. ya funny says:

    So that radio station yesterday seem to have ALL the facts! Its very different from what i just read cuz they made it seem that the senator was the bad guy!

  6. No more puppets / people want action says:

    First thing Jeffy has performed well at since the 2012 win. Maybe the rest of the OBA will do something between now and the next election to secure my vote again. With the disgrace I have seen from this party you people are giving the win to the PLP with a red and green ribbon. I trusted your last Premier and even tried to convince my friends, turned out I was a fool in love with the OBA. Stop blaming the PLP and run Bermuda. OBA has been acting like their still the Opposition. If people like me don’t see anything happening by next election you are out. We have a segment (white) of the population that will always vote for you even if you change the name. In reality their is only one segment with the numbers to help you win. This was the only reason you placed Craig as leader. Who cares you won, you beat the PLP. Blaming the PLP will not work next and fronting a man of color will not work. After all the hateful and bad remarks you people wrote against Kim Swan don’t be surprised if more people bail on you. When people don’t feel welcomed or your only being fake to use them, they always returned home. Dunkley you better start selling vanilla and chocolate milk at 50/50, because any store you walk into you always see more vanilla.

  7. D&D says:

    Seriously, you all are discussing a shirt? SMH!

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    Well now, lets see what all of the witnesses have to say about who did what.

  9. ERJ says:

    Summary: The guy was charged with:

    1) unlawfully assaulting Senator Baron & causing him bodily harm
    2) unlawfully damaging a shirt belonging to Sen. Baron
    3) having care and control of a vehicle while his ability to exercise good care and control was impaired
    4) refusing to take a breath test

  10. Snoopy says:

    I’ll bet my $15 Kohl’s shirt on The Red Baron in this case.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      I’ll put up my $10 designer name shirt bought at Unclaimed Baggage, Scottsboro, AL.

  11. Coffee says:

    I would hope that the defendant files a lawsuit against the baron . I’ll be the first to donate to the legal fee , that is if the lawyer doesn’t take it on pro bono …..

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      Hahahaha!…don mek me laff bie!

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      hey!…u know wat u can do…see if the bar keep remembers his tab total then sue baron for F#@kin up his hot!..hahaha!

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  12. High hopes says:

    I surprised and saddened with these comments. It seems that all we can discuss is the cost of a shirt. Why can’t we have some dialogue on the real issue of alcoholism in our country. It is my understanding that Mr. Baron did a good deed but all we can talk about is the cost of a shirt. Really? Why can’t we encourage the type of positive behavior which was displayed? If we all play a small part then we can help solve the bigger problem.

    I’m not the first to say good job Mr. Baron and I hope I’m not the last.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Just feeding the gulible trolls. Just feeding the trolls. Don’t sweat it.

  13. Alvin Williams says:

    I thought a super hero would wear a shirt or uniform or what ever; that could not be torn? I guess the good senator must have left his home as he enjoyed a night out?

  14. There are costly polo shirts as well…a Lacoste will set you back a pretty penny but the weave and the material is outstanding,it is one polo shirt that…when you have it on it is bearly discernable,it is light,it doesn’t chafe,you forget your wearing a shirt with a collar.Try Bernini,there are murano brushed cotton tight weave silk….there are exciting new tech in clothing soon to be on the hangah…..why on earth would anyone tear a perfectly good shirt?Must have taken a hold offit…

  15. Wait aminnit…you don’t spoze he was try in to dishroabim do you?

  16. sophia says:

    this man allegedly gets assaulted, and all you guys are talking about is the price of his shirt??? what the f***.

  17. Impressive says:

    This is such a non story,,, Much more pressing issues to discuss,, like how come the OBA supporters keep referring to the comment “We had to deceive you” but continue to ignore how the OBA attempt to deceive the general population on a daily basis,, ho hum