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$400 fine for failing to comply with police order

- Refused to give name to police
The defendant appeared at the Magistrate's Court at John's Hole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Refusing to follow a simply police order could turn out to be very costly and even embarrassing as in the case of Mr. Cedric Lastic of Horsepath, who appeared in the Magistrate’s Court recently on charges stemming from him parking on a sidewalk, refusing to move his vehicle from the said location and refusing to give his name to police.

It was alleged that on Novbember 27, 2011 the defendant parked on the sidewalk in the vicinity of the Elizabeth II Park and when told by police to remove he refused to adhere. Pleading not guilty, he told Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens that he was not parked as his vehicle engine was still running and that he was still inside. He also said he had pulled over on the sidewalk to listen to a concert that was taking place in the area. The Magistrate asked him if his vehicle was moving to which he replied in the negative. She then entered a guilty plea.

Lastic also pleaded not guilty to failing to comply to the police order for him to remove his vehicle from the sidewalk. He told the court that there was a vehicle in front of him and it would have been unsafe to move backwards. He also said the police officer never gave him any direction to proceed and was told by the Magistrate that all he needed to do was to ask the officer to assist him with stopping traffic for him to return the vehicle on the road.

The defendant was also charged with refusing to give his name and address to police. When asked why he did not give his name to police, the defendant replied that his name was a “fictional something” and that the officer never asked for his identification card. He also said that he questions what he does not understand. The court was told that when taken to the Road Town Police Station, officers informed the defendant that he could get bail on his charges but he needed to give them relevant information, however, he told police that it was his right to remain silent. Magistrate Stephens told him that he had a right to remain silent after he was charged.

The prosecution said police was able to trace the vehicle to a woman, who they later found out was the wife of the defendant.

Asked what he had to tell the court as mitigation, Lastic paused for a while before saying that he was placed under arrest while he was sitting in his vehicle. “Wasn’t that my right to remain silent your honour?” Magistrate Stephens then said that for the charge of refusing to comply with order of police he could be fined as much as $500 or sentenced to 6 months in jail and then asked him again if he wished to say anything for her to consider. “Yes your Honour. Can I explain what happened?” Lastic asked before he was stopped by the magistrate.

The defendant was then fined $400 or spend 30 days in prison for the charge of failing to comply to police orders, $250 or 30 days in prison for refusing to give his name and address and $100 or 3 days imprisonment for parking on sidewalk.

7 Responses to “$400 fine for failing to comply with police order ”

  • Crank Shaft (29/12/2011, 14:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOL This man off his rockers!! "Fictional Something"??
  • good (29/12/2011, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need more of these kind of fines or better still higher. Too many people are disrespectful to authority
  • Just A Clown (29/12/2011, 18:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he told Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens that he was not parked as his vehicle engine was still running and that he was still inside. He also said he had pulled over on the sidewalk to listen to a concert that was taking place in the area. The Magistrate asked him if his vehicle was moving to which he replied in the negative. She then entered a guilty plea. guilty as charged
  • Guest (29/12/2011, 18:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well look how much money he could have save if he had paid to see the concert instead of thiefing a listen on the sidewalk
  • on the beat (29/12/2011, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dey police dem ah look work to do...
    • Man on the Ground (29/12/2011, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes when they ain't do you all say them a waste of time, when they do, is a problem to all yo. This man would not dear try that in his native Dominica, why should he come here and disrespect the authorities here. It took three officers to talk to this man, and he still did not move resulting in his arrest. The Magistrate should have send him up Ballo for a three months vacation
  • town man (30/12/2011, 10:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    in east end u cant park on da side of the raod in the area of fine food to the 2 bars police would give u tickets but when you going beef island and there is church service going on at the methodist church the church people parks on the left side of the road even on the corner so you have the drive on the right side from the speed bump around the corner what are they waiting for a serious accident to happen b4 they do something


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