Man fined $1,500 for argument over $1
ROSEAU – A Kings Hill man has been fined $1,500 following an argument that occurred over a bus fare on August 27, 2013.
Elton Oscar, 34, who appeared before a Roseau Magistrates’ Court pleaded guilty to battery on bus driver Bertrand Prosper and for throwing missiles in a public place causing danger to persons.
According to the facts presented by Police Prosecutor Sergeant Constance Cuffy, about midday on August 27, 2013, Oscar’s girlfriend and son boarded the complainant’s bus in Roseau bound for Kings Hill.
While sitting on the bus, the mother was asked to place the child on her lap to allow another passenger to receive a seat.
After reaching their destination, the defendant’s girlfriend paid the bus driver $2.75, $1.75 for herself and a $1 for the child.
She informed her boyfriend Elton Oscar that she was charged a bus fare of $1 for their child, although he did not occupy a seat.
At about 6 p.m. that same day, Oscar made his way to the Kings Hill bus stop in Roseau where he met the bus driver and demanded a refund of the $1 which had been paid for the child. However, the complainant refused to comply.
Oscar started arguing with the bus driver. He then picked up two pieces of concrete on the side of the road and threw them at the complainant, but none hit their target.
The bus driver’s father then made a report to the Roseau Police Station.
At 6:30 p.m. police met the defendant at the Roseau Police Station and informed him of the report and he said: “I really send the stone, but I did not lash him.”
He told the court that he was very angry when he attacked the complainant and promised it would not happen again.
“For some reason you are not remorseful . . . . The answer wasn’t to pick up a concrete and attack the boy,” Magistrate Bernard Pacquette told him. “That culture of violence has to stop. You cannot take matters into your own hands. Stop it before you are stopped.”
On the charge of battery, Oscar was fined $1,000 to be paid in three months, or in default of payment, spend three months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $500 in four months or in default, serve a sentence of two weeks in prison.