Marine accused of attack on police officer at betting shop


Tribune Court Reporter


A ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force marine was granted bail yesterday after being accused of assaulting a police officer at a betting shop earlier this year.

RBDF officer Charles Smith, 29, represented by attorney Bjorn Ferguson, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly behaviour, disorderly behaviour in a police station and obscene language.

The defendant was accused of acting in a disorderly manner around 2am on January 15 at AsureWin web shop on Prince Charles Drive. It is further alleged that Smith assaulted and resisted arrest from PC 2956 Frances while Frances was executing his duties. At the time of his arrest, Smith is accused of cursing his arresting officer to the latter’s annoyance.

Police maintain the accused was disorderly at the Fox Hill Police Station on the same day.

After electing to continue his matter before the magistrate, Smith pleaded not guilty to all charges.

As there was no objection to bail by the prosecution it was granted to the accused at $5,000 with one or two sureties.

Smith’s trial is set for September 7.

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