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Security guard admits assaulting Police

A 28-year-old LF Wade International Airport security guard pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Thomas Watson, of Devonshire, also admitted violently resisting arrest, using offensive words in a public place, behaving in a threatening manner and unlawfully damaging a police uniform.

The court heard that the offences took place at the Gombeys restaurant in St David’s on August 16.

Prosecutor Takiyah Burgess said security guards escorted Watson, who was intoxicated, out of the establishment because he had been shouting and pushing patrons.

Watson, however, got into another altercation outside, was restrained by a member of the public and a witness called the Police.

When the officers arrived, Watson started shouting profanities and attempted to get away from the man pinning him to the ground.

With the help of the man, Watson was arrested. As he was being led to the police car, he spat at one of the officers, staining her shirt with blood.

Once in the car, Watson started kicking and flailing his legs, striking one of the officers.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo granted Watson $3,000 bail on the condition that he observe Drug Treatment Court until a social inquiry report and a drug assessment have been completed.

The matter was adjourned until October 30.

Also in court, three Pembroke residents were fined $500 each for assaulting a man.

Kirk Douglas, 50, Gladstone Moore, 55, and Natercia Jimenez, 44, pleaded guilty to assaulting Micah Jimenez and causing him bodily harm in Pembroke on March 11.

Douglas also pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Jimenez in Pembroke on July 13.

The court heard that Jimenez and Mr Jimenez were married for 15 years, and that Douglas is Jimenez’s boyfriend, whereas Moore is Douglas’ cousin.

On the day in question, Mr Jimenez was in his car outside Douglas’ residence, when Douglas punched him with a closed fist, causing a laceration to his lip.

Jimenez then opened the passenger door and slapped Mr Jimenez. Moore also approached and punched Mr Jimenez in the head.

All three defendant pleaded guilty with an explanation and the court heard that there had been lengthy history between the defendants and the complainant.

Douglas alleged that Mr Jimenez had assaulted him first, whereas Moore accused the complainant of spitting in his goddaughter’s face.

Jimenez also claimed that she had been dealing “with this man abusing me for 12 long years”.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo, however, told the defendants that they had taken justice into their own hands.

When Moore demonstrated what he had done, Mr Tokunbo said: “That’s enough — that’s assault, that’s unlawful.”

He fined the defendants $500 each and handed Douglas another $1,500 fine for the second offence, in which he hit the complainant with a wrench, resulting in a head wound that required five stitches.

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