Editorial Staff
8 months ago

Editorial Staff
8 months ago

Electoral commissioner accused of resisting arrest and insulting police to represent himself in trial

By Zaya Williams

A member of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) will be standing trial in the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court for insulting police officers and resisting arrest. On Tuesday the 73-year-old told the court that he intends to represent himself.

According to reports, on June 13 while at a standstill in the vicinity of former St. Patrick’s School, an ambulance traveling from north to south with siren and beacon on drove passed while two vehicles were parked slightly off the road.

An officer reportedly observed that the driver of one of the vehicles -the defendant, Anthonyson King -was speaking to another officer from the Traffic Department.

The defendant was reportedly observed driving his vehicle forward while the officer was still standing at the door, forcing the officer to jump back.

The officer reportdely rushed up to the vehicle but King allegedly drove forward again almost running the cop over.

Another officer then reportedly blocked the vehicle and then approached the defendant urging him to cooperate.

King of Yorks is alleged to have insulted the officer a few times.

The police then cautioned him and tried to arrest him but he reportedly wrested with the officer.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges almost a month ago and was to stand trial this week but the matter was adjourned until August 29.

The Magistrate requested that King get a copy of the case file to prepare himself for the trial.

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