51 Year Old Denies Using Threatening Words

December 11, 2014

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Dec 11], a 51-year-old man pleaded not guilty to using threatening words to a woman last month.

Troy Hassell initially plead guilty to using threatening words to a woman on 27th November 2014. The Prosecutor told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that Mr Hassell allegedly told the woman: “I will burn down your house, it’s not yours. Yani better kill you before I kill you.”

Mr Hassell told the Magistrate that the woman was a Jamaican, and then made comments about Jamaicans.

Mr Hassell said that when arrested, he told police that he was being arrested for exercising his freedom of speech. After the Magistrate explained some of the nuances of the law, Mr Hassell changed his plea from guilty to not guilty.

The Magistrate granted bail at $1,000 and set trial for February 2015.

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