Man accused of cursing Hinds to know fate Feb 18

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 17:15

Self-pro­claimed Beetham Gar­dens com­mu­ni­ty ac­tivist An­der­son Wil­son will know his fate for al­leged­ly curs­ing Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds on Feb­ru­ary 18. 


Mag­is­trate Sarah De Sil­va re­served her de­ci­sion on Wil­son's guilt or in­no­cence when he reap­peared be­fore her in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates' Court, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. 

Dur­ing the brief hear­ing, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) George Bus­by closed the State's case against Wil­son. 

Wil­son was then giv­en an op­por­tu­ni­ty to tes­ti­fy in his de­fence or call de­fence wit­ness­es, but he de­clined. 

"I was not there when this in­ci­dent took place so I have no wit­ness­es to call," Wil­son said. 

While Bus­by sought an op­por­tu­ni­ty to present ad­di­tion­al sub­mis­sions on the ev­i­dence Da Sil­va should con­sid­er, Wil­son's lawyer Dar­ren Mitchell did not, as he claimed that the court was equipped to de­ter­mine the case on a bal­ance of the ev­i­dence.

"It was a short and sim­ple small-big case," Mitchell said. 

Hinds, who was present at pre­vi­ous hear­ings of the case, did not at­tend yes­ter­day as he was ex­cused af­ter com­plet­ing his tes­ti­mo­ny and cross-ex­am­i­na­tion. 

Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence in the case, the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Au­gust 14, last year, as the Min­is­ter in the Min­istry of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al and Le­gal Af­fairs was tour­ing the then flood-rav­aged com­mu­ni­ty. 

Hinds claimed that he was con­front­ed by Wil­son, who re­port­ed­ly said: "For 56 years the PNM did (ex­ple­tive) noth­ing for Beetham. Hinds is on­ly promis­es you giv­ing and do­ing noth­ing for the (ex­ple­tive) peo­ple." 

An­oth­er res­i­dent,  Richard "Snake" Mar­celle, al­so al­leged­ly cursed Hinds and kicked flood-wa­ter un­to him, forc­ing him to run away. 

Mar­celle was al­so charged with as­sault by beat­ing and us­ing ob­scene lan­guage af­ter Hinds re­port­ed the in­ci­dent to po­lice.

Un­like Wil­son, Mar­celle plead­ed guilty to the of­fences at a pre­lim­i­nary stage and was fined $300 for the as­sault and $100 for ob­scene lan­guage.

Un­der the Sum­ma­ry Of­fences Act, the of­fences car­ry max­i­mum penal­ties of a $400 fine or three months in prison and a $200 fine or 30 days' im­pris­on­ment, re­spec­tive­ly. 

The ev­i­dence in the case in­clud­ed a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view with Wil­son, which was record­ed the fol­low­ing day. 

In the in­ter­view, which was used to show his (Wil­son) propen­si­ty to com­mit the of­fence, Wil­son sug­gest­ed that the treat­ment met­ed out to Hinds would in­ten­si­fy in the fu­ture.  

Reporter: Derek Achong