Men fined after Deep Dale confrontation
Two men yesterday admitted using threatening behaviour to police in an incident in Deep Dale.
Ivan Grant, 30, from Devonshire, and Andrew Gilbert, 26, from Pembroke, were charged separately with using threatening behaviour towards officers. Grant was further charges with wilfully obstructing police.
The court heard that at around 4pm on Thursday, officers were in the Deep Dale East area attempting to arrest a man in connection to an unrelated manner.
During the incident, the suspect reportedly tossed a small container, which held several small bags of plant material, which was grabbed by Grant.
Officers instructed Grant to drop the item, but instead he clenched it in his fist and adopted a fighting stance. Despite being told to back away, he moved towards the officers as if to fight them.
Police called for assistance, and Grant was subsequently arrested. Questioned, he told officers: “They are hitting my brother.”
During the same altercation, officers saw Gilbert reach into a garbage can and pull out a bottle, which he held over his head as it to throw at the officers.
Instructed to drop the bottle, he shouted: “What are you doing? They are beating him. Neighbours come out. Let’s get him.”
Appearing in Magistrates’ Court, Gilbert pleaded guilty to the offence of threatening behaviour, telling the court: “My intention was never to throw the bottle, just turn the attention to the person who was getting beat by police.”
Grant also pleaded guilty, but said he was reacting to the sight of his brother being attacked by police.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined both men $500 for threatening behaviour, and fined Grant an additional $500 for obstructing the officers.