Crowd hostile towards police at stabbing scene, court hears
A chaotic scene outside Bailey's Bay Cricket Club, following the June 26 stabbing of Verneil Richardson, has been replayed before Magistrates' Court — showing a handful of police confronting an agitated crowd.
Upset patrons, riled by the killing, became belligerent after officers taped off the parking lot as a crime scene.
Footage of the standoff was shown at the trial of Tiffany Glasford and Shakeda Outerbridge, who deny turning on police outside the club.
A third accused, Kione Minors, pleaded guilty in July to obstructing police and violently resisting arrest, and was fined $1,000 for each offence.
Mr Richardson had been among a throng of partygoers when he was fatally stabbed by Adam Leroy King, following a confrontation at the bar that spilled out into the parking lot. King was last month jailed for six years for manslaughter.
The court heard yesterday that frustrated patrons of the club faced down officers and grew increasingly hostile when they couldn't leave.
Ms Outerbridge, 24, entered a plea of not guilty to threatening a police officer with the words: “You, female police officer — wait until I see you off duty” and telling her she'd had a good look at her face.
She also denied saying: “F**k you police; you police are a**holes.”
Ms Glasford denies assaulting an officer, violently resisting arrest, and obstructing police.
Taking the stand before Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner, Pc Quanae Tuzo recalled arriving at 1.40am and seeing the unresponsive victim lying in the parking lot of the club.
A “hostile” crowd of about 50 had gathered, “cursing and carrying on”, she said.
Police put up a tape cordon to close off the crime scene — including parked vehicles.
“They were upset by that, even more upset than they were before,” Pc Tuzo told the court. “So they were shouting obscenities at police, and police tried their best to explain the circumstances.”
After about an hour, the officer said Ms Outerbridge cursed at her, while Minors pushed Sergeant Cornelius Marc — “causing a large disturbance”.
Defence lawyer Charles Richardson identified the scuffle with Sgt Marc as the moment “all hell broke loose”.
Pc Tuzo had to reverse her original claim that Ms Glasford aggressively approached her at this point, since the footage — shot on a bystander's phone — showed the woman moving away from the scene.
The crowd was subdued with Captor spray, she said — and Ms Glasford was sprayed twice with it.
Describing the scene as tense, Pc Tuzo told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner: “Our backs were to the crowd, with 20 or 30 people behind us. I was concerned about our safety.”
Mr Richards maintained that his client, along with Ms Outerbridge, had been attempting to calm Minors, and said the footage showed Sgt Marc punching Ms Glasford in the head during the melee.
The trial continues next month.