Bail extended for Spalding bus operator in conflict with police

Bail extended for Spalding bus operator in conflict with police

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND
Observer staff reporter
sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 15, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester Forty-five-year-old Spalding bus owner/operator Jermin Reid, who was recently at the centre of a conflict with the police, had his bail extended when he appeared in the Manchester Parish Court on Wednesday.

He was captured on video last month shoving a policeman after his vehicle was about to be placed on a wrecker and was shot and injured by another policeman, who came to his colleague’s defence in the process.

Reid is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of assault at common law for trying to disarm the officer and resisting arrest, obstructing the police in their duty and malicious destruction of property for damaging the policeman’s uniform.

When the allegations were read in court he pleaded not guilty.

He pointed out to parish judge Desiree Alleyne that he appeared in court in Spalding recently in relation to the matter, noting that his lawyer Ernie Smith was unable to be in attendance on Wednesday.

The judge ordered that his bail be extended and said that he should return to the Manchester Parish Court on April 24, and that he check on the matters before the court in Spalding to ensure that they were not overlapping in handling the case.

Reid was summoned before the court in Spalding for the traffic breaches that resulted in the altercation.

His driver, Ripton Reid, who was operating the bus on the day the incident occurred, is also summoned to be at court in Spalding.

His breaches are operating contrary to the terms and conditions of his licence, not ensuring passenger safety, driving a defective vehicle, no uniform, no PPV badge and failure to wear PPV badge.

Meanwhile, Rojay Brown, 24, of Ritchies, Clarendon, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17 for damaging a police vehicle in Spalding during the altercation between Jermin Reid and the policeman.

When he appeared in the Manchester Parish Court last month, he pleaded guilty to the charge of malicious destruction of property.

Brown was offered bail in the sum of $70,000 with a surety but was also ordered to pay $126,000 to compensate for the damages.

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