An American citizen who was arrested and charged for several offences during last year’s carnival J’ouvert was convicted in the Magistrate’s Court.
Tio Henry, who was living at St. Johns Street, appeared in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Clarke, and pleaded guilty to Making use of indecent Language and Carrying Abroad an Offensive Weapon. He was convicted and fined $550; in default he will serve 4 months in prison.
According to a Stratcom release, the Court heard that during last year’s Carnival J’ouvert, members of the Special Services Unit (SSU) were in the process of effecting an arrest on Lower Market Street; when Henry appeared from out of nowhere and began wrestling with a member of the squad.
Police reports further indicate that Henry became even more aggressive when other officers came to assist which led to a struggle, while he hurled a number of expletives at the police. “At one point he was seen trying to remove a knife from his pocket, but was wrestled to the ground and disarmed,” the court was told. He was taken into custody and charged.
Police say that an official from the US Embassy in Barbados was present in Court throughout the trial; and was seen taking copious notes up the point where the defendant changed his plea to Guilty. The Prosecution in turn withdrew the other charges, but felt strongly that he would have been convicted for the other offences had he not pleaded guilty.
He has since paid a portion of the money and has up to the 10th of February to pay the remainder. He was represented by Attorney-at-Law Leon Chaku Symister.