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68-year-old man fined & ordered to keep the peace

Mr Oswin George, 68, was fined and ordered to keep the peace when he appeared before the Magistrate's Court today, November 28, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A frail looking Oswin George, 68, was today, November 28, 2012 fined a total of $2500 for various offences committed on January 19, 2011. The resident of Major Bay was found guilty of common assault, being armed with an offensive weapon, resisting arrest and two counts of assault committed on police officers.

The defendant was accused of assaulting a young woman with a hacksaw. He had reportedly instructed the woman to not come onto his property. The court was told previously that George stroked her on her hand with the weapon when she tried to open the gate to get to her apartment, which was in a yard shared with George.

When the matter came before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards earlier today, she explained to Mr Gorge that the court found the aggravating factors to be the fact that the offences were committed in a public place against police officers, in addition to the fact that a weapon was involved.

Magistrate Richards said that he was an “old man” in citing a mitigating factor for him not receiving a custodial sentence.

The assault of one officer led to a $1500 fine or an alternative or 4 months imprisonment while another assault charge was given a $1000 fine or an alternative of 2 months imprisonment. He was also placed on a bond and ordered to keep the peace for one year on the charge of common assault to the VC.

Mr George, who appeared in his own defence previously, told the court that the Virtual Complainant’s apartment was on his brother’s property and not his and that he was tired of saying this. He noted that he was protecting his land when he committed the offences.

The VC made a report to Police and upon her return with two female officers, they were all asked to leave by Mr George. When an attempt at an arrest was made on the 68 year old man, the court was told that he fought with the officers and kicked one of them in her abdomen.

The court was further told that Mr. George allegedly took up a crow bar against the officers as well and told them that he was doing work at the time.

After Magistrate Richards handed down his sentence, Mr George immediately began asking about his wall and what would be done about his concerns. He carried on at considerable length about his difficulties in having his troubles resolved while Magistrate Richards interjected repeatedly to advise him to seek the services of an attorney in the matter since as she explained, she had no jurisdiction in same.

8 Responses to “68-year-old man fined & ordered to keep the peace ”

  • wet well (28/11/2012, 15:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    at 68 he should be looking for jesus...
  • UNDER THE BUS (28/11/2012, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Haven't we seen and heard this before?
  • Mess with me (28/11/2012, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You call the police and call the police and call the police and they do nothing. When you have had enough and you put your foot down, then you become the bad guy. Sad. Even the judge don't want to hear what caused the problem. He still has the same problem that began the mess. So he has to broke somebody's ass again before some pays attention to his pleads for help. And again he will be the bad guy. Sad.
    • law abiding (28/11/2012, 20:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Mess with me
      Your head is tough just like the defendant in this case. The magistrate stated that he needs to seek the assistance of an attorney because that is not her jurisdiction, do you understand any part of that? I guess you don't so stop chatting piss. Maybe the police gave him that same advice before but no, he prefer to take the law in his hands. That is the mentality of a lot of us around here. We want the police to solve everything for us but do not want to do the right thing when being advised.
  • Head no good (29/11/2012, 09:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think Mr. George needs to be evaluated because he does not always seem to be 100%. They obviously should have had a mental evaluation done on him.

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