Magistrate orders trial for cyclist accused of using iPod
An actuary has challenged a charge of using an iPod while riding a motorcycle. Catherine Farnsworth, 30, said police accused her of using a hand-held device, but it was in her pocket and she was not touching it. She pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging she “used an entertainment device while riding” on Front Street when she appeared at Magistrates’ Court. According to prosecutor Susan Mulligan, Ms Farnsworth was stopped by the police at 7.53am on January 5. She explained that was all the information she had on file, and further statements would need to be taken in relation to the case. Requesting to see the police statement already made in the case, Ms Farnsworth told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner: “I agree I was wearing an iPod. At the time he (the officer) was telling me I was using a hand-held device but I hadn’t touched it. It was in my pocket.” She added: “At the time, he could show me no rules that that was a prohibited device.” She told the court she was “very sorry” about what happened. She described herself as a Bermuda resident working as an actuary. Mr Warner remarked: “We’ll see how the law applies.” He fixed Ms Farnsworth’s trial for March and gave her $500 bail until then. Ms Mulligan said the police statement will be supplied to defence lawyer Saul Dismont in advance.