Driver and conductor accused of starting brawl
After boarding a minibus and throwing bottles at a colleague, a driver and a conductor were remanded when they appeared in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Omar Jamal Maynard, 26, of Grazettes Main Road, St Michael, and Jamal Sylvester Prescott, 27, of Buttals, St George, pleaded guilty to four charges before Acting Magistrate Wanda Blair.
They were possession of an offensive weapon, affray, criminal damage and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, following an incident, which occurred on February 17 along the Speightstown Bypass Road, St Peter.
The facts revealed that Prescott, who is the driver of B25, had an argument with the driver and conductor of B142 earlier in the day.
Around 6 p.m., both minibuses arrived from Bridgetown and were parked in Speightstown. Troy Hinkson, the conductor of B142, got out of his van and into B110. While he was in there, both Prescott and Maynard, the conductor on B25, rushed out of their van, armed with bottles, and got into B110.
They began throwing bottles at Hinkson, causing persons in the area to run away. Passengers in the van also fled for their safety.
One of the passengers, Dario Cheltenham, got glass in his left eye from one of the broken bottles. A van window was also damaged.
An off-duty policeman then held Maynard. When he was searched, a knife was found in one of his pockets.
The owner of B110 also produced an estimate of $1 900 for repairs.
The men return to court on March 19.