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