Three men, who all reside at 60 Denton Road, Grazettes Housing Area, St Michael, were in a Bridgetown court yesterday, facing a total of eight charges, most of which related to two members of the Barbados Police Service.
Jefferson Antonio O’Bryan Bishop is charged with assaulting Constable Ian Chase in the execution of his duties, resisting arrest and using threatening words towards Chase, which were “you want to pull a gun? I gine see you off duty and kill you”, with intent to cause him to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him. Bishop faces another charge of having 2.79 grammes of cannabis. The 44-yearold chef denied them all.
Meanwhile, Akil Zabar Clement, a 30-year-old steel bender, is also charged with assaulting Constable Chase and Constable Rhea Carter in the execution of their duties, and obstructing Chase.
A third accused, Akobe Asiah Ishmael Aymes, a 22-year-old landscaper, faces a single charge of assaulting Constable Carter. All of the alleged offences occurred on Tuesday, September 19.
Constable Ralph Rollock objected to bail for all of the accused men, submitting to Magistrate Allison Burke that the nature of the offences were extremely serious.
“It has become clear now – that persons believe that policing is a joke. . . It may look frivolous but it is exceedingly serious matters we have here today,” the prosecutor said.
“On the nature and seriousness of these offences . . . especially on Mr Bishop’s part; to have allegedly made a threat to a police officer, that if he’s off duty he will kill him. Ma’am, we have to protect our police officers. These are serious matters the court has to frown on and send a message that this kind of disrespectful and despicable behaviour cannot be accepted in society. (SD)