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Conductor: I was drunk

Six months for threatening to shoot magistrate

COURT TODAY BLOCK“There is already a problem with bad behaviour and unruly conduct and you are not helping your industry or your trade by being drunk while you are working.”

Magistrate Douglas Frederick made those comments to a public service vehicle conductor just prior to slapping him with a six-month sentence for threatening to shoot a Magistrate last Friday.

Jeff Confield Washington, of Lewis Gap, Green Hill, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court earlier today, where he admitted committing the offence but said he was drunk at the time.

According to Station Sergeant Neville Watson, the complainant in the case was Magistrate Graveney Bannister, who sits in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court.

Bannister was stuck in traffic at the junction of Cowell Street and Lower Broad Street, The City around 10:25 a.m. on June 26.

During that time, Washington, went before Bannister before, approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and knocked on the window, which was closed. Magistrate Bannister, who was celebrating his birthday on that day, lowered the window and asked Washington how he could help him.

The man informed Bannister that his jeep had blocked his ZR van earlier. He then told the Magistrate: “You could have let me through ahead of you. You know I would shoot you?”

“Pardon me?” the complainant asked.

“You know I would shoot you,” Washington replied.

When the 24-year-old was later interviewed by police, he confessed to threatening the Magistrate.

In Washington’s address to the court today, he said he was at work at the time of the incident but had been drinking.

“What were you drinking?” Magistrate Frederick asked.

“Old Brigand,” Washington replied.

He went on to explain that he did not know what was going on at the time, nor did he know the person was a Magistrate.

“So how can you conduct a minibus and not know what is going on? That is the way you operate? So how do you know to collect the fare and tell the driver when to stop or move?” the Magistrate queried.

In making his submissions, Washington said: “I want to apologise to Magistrate Bannister, first of all, and to any other police officer or citizen I may have cursed that day.”

Stating that he is a “hardworking person” with two jobs, the convicted man asked the court “to be as lenient as possible”.

Admitting that you were drunk “does not mitigate in your favour at all”, Magistrate Frederick replied.

“You should be sober in order to conduct business,” the Magistrate added, noting it was a very serious offence.

A three-month term was also imposed in relation to an outstanding $500 fine from another court. That will run concurrently.

22 Responses to Conductor: I was drunk

  1. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley June 30, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Another low life that could do with a couple of years of hard labour to knock some sense into him

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 30, 2015 at 2:57 am

      Low life?..

    • Javan Cook
      Javan Cook June 30, 2015 at 3:05 am

      So because he is conducting a van he’s a low life? He may have an alcohol addiction and needs help. Don’t be so quick to judge.

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair June 30, 2015 at 3:59 am

      I will answer that question for you Javon Cook. He is not a low life because he is conducting a van but he is most certainly in every sense of the meaning a low life because of his actions. He was drunk and disorderly threatening someone. Yes, an alcoholic is considered a be a lowlife in our society.

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 30, 2015 at 8:19 am

      So to follow this ignorant logic by these two above, getting drunk and doing something irresponsible equates to being a lowlife?
      Guess all Bajans from all walks of life, class, colour and creed fits this profile.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley June 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

      A low life with his drunken threatening comments, if you make the same threatening comments Adrian, then i guess you your no better than him

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley June 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

      @Toni, exactly where was it mentioned that conductors were low lifes ?? I class a low life as being a drunk making threatening comments, not ONCE did I comment on his job, it would be the same comment if he was a doctor !

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley June 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

      @Javan you too need to read before you comment

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 30, 2015 at 9:18 am

      @ Sharon Woolley…..
      Drunken people rarely are in control of their actions or thoughts, regardless of their occupation or status in life.
      The term ‘low life’ refers to a constant state not a temporary one.
      Having said that, you are judging the person on one act of stupidity and using a label that in it’s definition, give the impression that you know or can relate to his demeanor and mentality on a constant basis.
      Therefore, I must ask, do you know the young man personally?
      Can you relate to his everyday actions?
      One drunken episode does not make one a low life.
      To say that would make almost all of us low life people, family and friends included.
      We all make silly mistakes, let’s hope he has learnt from his as I’m sure we have at some point in our lives.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley June 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

      The courts hand out such pathetic sentences I doubt anyone learns, unless they get at least 10 years in Dodds

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

      @ Maria Leclair.
      Which society is this that considers alcoholics to be low life people?
      I can’t only imagine what that society thinks of drug addiction, mental health and poverty.
      Had this incident happened at a country club, I doubt very much the same title would apply.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley June 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Surely a threatening drunk is the one that needs to raise his standard ! – no one said he was an alcoholic ??

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 30, 2015 at 10:32 am


  2. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde June 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Why and how do you allow yourself to be on the job and drunk at 10:25 in the morning.

  3. kathy-Ann Clarke June 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    My, my, I dont know if the word to use is “low life”, but if he is working, he should never be drinking . I always say you never know who you will meet, so be careful with your words. Serve him right tho, I hope the three months will give him time to ponder on his actions. I am suprised that the fine was so slight …

  4. Patricia Bowen June 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Sad, so sad. This a young man that is unaware of his potential, worth, gifts or talents to be the magnificent vessel that God has created him to be. At such a young age the voices in his head says it’s manly to drink acohol, act tough, that it’s ok to swear, and freedom of speech gives the right to be disrespectful. Such is the gradual descent and slide of those into the corridors of the lowlife.
    Lord as we pray for the ills in this country. We ask that you give us a rainfall of revival for this country’s youth. Draw them to yourself and empower them to be watchmen, gatekeepers, shepherds and sowers that you are so diligently looking for.
    Remember this young man. Minister to him whilst he is in prison and let his ears hear your voice, his heart understand and welcome you in. For this short stint of incarceration can make a lifetime difference in his life, Finally thanks for loving each and everyone one so very deeply than mind body and soul cannot comprehend it’s depths.

  5. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels June 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    “I want to apologise to Magistrate Bannister, first of all, and to any other police officer or citizen I may have cursed that day.” — I died !!!!!!

  6. Jennifer Small June 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    If he had given his actions much thought I bet that he would not have mentioned that he was drunk. Hope he will learn a lesson in control.

  7. Panwallie June 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    You have to be stupidly drunk (loll) indeed to have an unpaid fine, yet continue so disorderly as to draw attention to yourself. Well at least he was not involved in robberies, rapes or house breaking, but hopefully he has learnt the hard way not to make threats either. The sentences should have been consecutive.

  8. fayhoney July 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    He should have gotten 6 years……drunk or sober mind your business…drunk and don’t know what you are doing? hmmm why did he not walk under somebody vehicle and lie down…….did he have a gun that man or a passenger who might speak to him pertaining to his bad behavior would be dead…..that is a lame ass excuse


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