Court: 51-Year-Old Admits Racial Intimidation

April 27, 2016

In this morning’s [April 27] Plea Court session, a 51-year-old man admitted using racial slurs to emergency personnel after they responded to help him following a collision.

Joseph Lima pleaded guilty to racial intimidation and driving whilst impaired, with all offences occurring on 19th April 2016.

The Crown Prosecutor told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that Mr Lima was involved in a single vehicle accident in Smith’s Parish near the Aquarium.

EMTs and police attended, and while the EMTs were attempting to help him, Mr Lima told a police officer to “f*** off” and called him a “black n*****”.

The police office noted that Mr Lima appeared to have been drinking and he was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station for a breathalyzer test.

At the police station, Mr Lima then told another police officer to “f*** off black boy” and refused to take the breathalyzer test.

In Court this morning, Mr Lima told the Magistrate that he apologized, and was embarrassed and ashamed. He said: “This is not me. I take full responsibility.”

He claimed that he was not racist and he told the Magistrate: “My first girlfriend was a black girl.”

The Magistrate ordered Social Inquiry and BARC reports, set sentencing for 20th June, and granted Mr Lima $5,000 bail.

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