Minibus driver who threatened traffic rank remanded to prison

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Tavid Ahmad

A 30-year-old minibus driver was, on Wednesday, remanded to prison on several charges including threatening the life of a traffic rank.
Tavid Ahmad appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charges.

Particulars of the first charge stated that, on September 13, 2019, at Camp Street, he unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Police Constable, Jaffar Blackman.
Particulars of the second charge stated that, on September 13, 2019, at the same location, he resisted arrest.

The third charge stated that, on September 13, 2019 at the same location, he damaged one police shirt, valued at $2500, property of the Guyana Police Force.
The fourth charge stated that, on the same day and at the same location, Ahmad used threatening language towards Police Constable Blackman.
The fifth charge stated that, on the same day and at the same location, Ahmad in public hearing, behaved disorderly.

Ahmad also appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse, on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to two additional charges.
The sixth charge alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he drove minibus BVV 3428 in a manner dangerous to the public.
The final charged stated that on the same day and at the same location, he drove minibus BVV 3428 while under the influence.

Police prosecutor, Seon Blackman, noted that on the day in question, the defendant’s minibus was seen obstructing traffic on Camp Street.

Constable Blackman, who was carrying out his duties at that time, approached the said minibus and told the defendant to drive the vehicle to the Brickdam Police Station.
The defendant then disembarked the vehicle and punched the rank to the face and said, “I’m not afraid of no police.”

Reports also stated that during the altercation Ahmad threatened the life of the complainant, allegedly saying, “I would kill he and spend time in jail.”

The prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the defendant due to the seriousness of the offences and the fact that the officer was executing his duties.

Magistrate McGusty, after hearing the facts presented by the Police Prosecutor, remanded the man to prison until September 25, 2019.