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Prom night teen apologises for kicking police officer

A teenager who kicked a police officer in the groin after he arrested her on her prom night was yesterday handed a conditional discharge.

Deshaunte Outerbridge was celebrating her graduation from CedarBridge Academy at a party at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess when guests complained to police about the noise.

Crown counsel Cindy Clarke said Outerbridge told the hotel manager who confronted her at the June 23 event: “You can't make me leave, you'll have to drag me out.”

She then informed the arresting officers: “You can't take me, it's my prom night.”

The 17-year-old St George's resident yesterday appeared in Magistrates' Court, where she admitted assaulting a police officer.

Ms Clarke said that Outerbridge fell to the ground several times in her attempt to get away from the officers as they tried to put her in a police car.

She managed to get her left hand out of handcuffs and tried to escape from the car on the way to Hamilton Police Station.

Officers stopped the car and secured her handcuffs, at which point Outerbridge kicked one of them in the groin and yelled: “Someone help me, they are trying to kidnap me.”

In court she expressed her plans to continue her education at Bermuda College and transfer to the University of Manchester in England.

“I want to apologise. I was wrong,” she told the court.

She said she felt she was roughly handled by the two male officers and had asked for a female officer to be present.

“I accept that you are sorry and remorseful,” Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said.

Mr Warner gave her a 12-month conditional discharge for the offence and ordered her to write a letter to Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva and the officers involved in her case to show her remorse.

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Published July 05, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 04, 2013 at 11:33 pm)

Prom night teen apologises for kicking police officer

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