Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Road rage gets the better of taxi driver

He was charged with causing a disturbance, unlawful and malicious wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and the use of threatening words.

Fifty-one-year-old Eustace Recardo Beckles of Wildey, St. Michael pleaded guilty to all four charges when he appeared in the District A Magistrate Court on Friday.

He was charged that on December 16, 2016 he made a disturbance in the front of Central Police Station, unlawfully and maliciously wounding Christopher Oliver; assault occasioning actual bodily harm and the use of the threatening words “I would kill you”, causing Oliver to believe that unlawful violence will be used against him.

There was an objection to bail by the prosecutor on the basis that Beckles was known to the court and one of the charges occurred at a police station.

However, Beckles' attorney Mohia Ma’at argued that his client should be granted bail as the current four charges were unrelated to any prior matter. Rather, it was a road rage incident that was at the heart of the disagreement between the two men. He also noted his client did not commit any offence against law enforcement.

He was granted bail in the amount of $5,000 and is to return to court on April 5, 2017.