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Teen fined for swearing at Police

A Sandys teenager was fined in Magistrates’ Court after he admitted swearing at police.

Raheem Burgess, 18, pleaded guilty to using offensive words near the CedarBridge Academy campus on September 4.

Crown counsel Tawana Tannock said police on mobile patrol responded to a report of an altercation around 2.15am.

When they arrived they saw Burgess and another young man.

The officers said it appeared the second man was attempting to detain Burgess, who was swinging his arms and struggling.

They approached the pair to ask them what was going on, at which point Burgess shouted: “F*** the police.”

When the officers warned Burgess about using offensive words, he responded: “I don’t give a f*** what you have to say lady.”

Burgess admitted the offence, but said that the comments were not intended for the police officers.

“I was walking to my bike which was next to the police car and someone grabbed me. I was trying to get away,” Burgess said. “That’s when I said f*** the police.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined Burgess $500 for the offence, saying his story didn’t make sense.

“If someone grabbed me from behind and tried to kidnap me, I would be glad to see the police,” Mr Warner said. “But instead of saying ‘come help me’ you said f*** the police.”

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Published September 16, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 16, 2011 at 9:28 am)

Teen fined for swearing at Police

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