Minibus driver, conductor charged for assaulting cop

first_imgAfter a video surfaced of a Route 45 minibus driver and his conductor assaulting a Police Officer and went viral on a social media website, the duo was on Monday charged.Bus driver Carlos Bacchus, 29, of Lot 26 Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and his 26-year-old conductor, Troy Peters, both denied three charges with which they were slapped – assault, obstructing traffic and resisting arrest.It is alleged that on February 13, 2019 at the intersection of South Road and King Street, Georgetown, they resisted arrest by Police Constable Joel Samuel, who was at the time acting in the execution of his duties.The prosecution is contending that on February 13, 2019, the Virtual Complainant, who was fully dressed in his uniform, was executing duties in the area when he observed a minibus bearing registration numbers PTT 9295 soliciting passengers on the southern side of the street. This vehicle was allegedly obstructing traffic.As such, the officer went over to the accused and told them of the offence. The duo later became annoyed and began behaving disorderly when they were warned for a second time by the peace officer.According to the prosecution’s case, the already enraged men began assaulting the traffic cop, who attempted to arrest them both.Defence Attorney Everton Singh-Lammy, in a bail application, informed the court that there was a fight between the officer and his clients. Further, the court was also told that the Police Officer was known to his clients since they were in a love affair with the same girl.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris objected to bail, stating that a strong message must be sent to other bus operators who assault Police Officers as they execute their duties.The defendants were released on $20,000 bail for each offence by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus. The case will continue on March 11, 2019.last_img read more

Spain stay unbeaten under Lopetegui with Swiss draw

first_imgAndres Iniesta drew a sharp save from Yann Sommer at his near post before the break, and the veteran midfielder went close again early in the second half before he was replaced to a warm ovation ahead of his move to Japan.AC Milan defender Rodriguez levelled for Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland, also World Cup bound, on the hour with a tap-in from close range after David de Gea palmed away an effort by Stephan Lichtsteiner.Sommer then produced another fine stop to deny Valencia forward Rodrigo, while Nacho grazed the post with a curling strike late on as Spain’s unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui stretched to 19 matches.“I’m happy on a personal level to have helped the team. We felt good out there, this match will help us to strike the right balance,” Odriozola told Spanish TV.“If you had told me that (I’d have scored for Spain) a year and a half ago, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said the 22-year-old who was playing for the Real Sociedad reserve team in the third division until 2017.“That’s life and that’s football, it’s the reward for working every day.”Spain, the 2010 world champions, have one final warm-up game against Tunisia in Krasnodar next Saturday before their opening match of the tournament against Portugal on June 15.They also face Iran in Kazan on June 20 and conclude their Group B campaign against Morocco in Kaliningrad five days later.Switzerland take on Japan in Lugano next Friday ahead of flying out to Russia.They play five-time World Cup winners Brazil in their first match in Group E on June 17, with games to come against Serbia and then Costa Rica.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alvaro Odriozola bagged a memorable first goal for Spain © AFP / JOSE JORDANVILA-REAL, Spain, Jun 4 – Ricardo Rodriguez equalised for Switzerland as World Cup contenders Spain were held to a 1-1 draw at home in their final friendly before jetting out to Russia next week.Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola volleyed Spain ahead on 29 minutes in Vila-real with a fantastic strike from the edge of the area in just his third international appearance.last_img read more