Mistaken identity?

Driver says he was not the one stopped by police

COURT TODAY BLOCKJudson Haynes was reported by police over two years ago for driving his car at 156 kilometres an hour in an 80 kilometres per hour zone.

However, Magistrate Graveney Bannister, presiding in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court yesterday, determined Haynes did not have a case to answer because police had not clearly establish his identity.

Haynes, of Holders Hill, St James, was charged with speeding along a section of the Adams Barrow Cummins Highway in September 2013.

When the case came up for hearing earlier this month, the accused testified that he was at home with his family on the day in question, never had a conversation with an officer Rock nor had he ever seen him in his life.

Haynes further told the court that he never gave police his name last May 31.

When he returned to court yesterday to be cross-examined by Sergeant Theodore McClean, Haynes recalled selling his vehicle in December 2013 to a Marlon Alleyne.

Asked whether he had not sold it to a Roger Sobers, the accused said he had not. He also insisted that he never owned a Silver Grey Toyota, although he agreed that after he sold his car, he retained the number.

Haynes initially appeared to have difficulty remembering when he purchased his replacement vehicle and when he registered it. He also admitted during cross-examination that although he is one of a twin, they are not identical.

Magistrate Bannister felt that the identity of the driver on the date of the incident had not been established.

Referring to the evidence of the constable who reported Haynes, the magistrate said it was not enough to get the date of birth, physical description of the driver and the clothes he wore at the time.

He also pointed out that there was no photograph of the driver, no driver’s licence or identification was requested at the scene nor was the driver told to report to a police station with identification, so that the information the person gave could be verified.

“You can’t just go by what a man tells you. Anybody can use somebody else’s name,” Bannister remarked.

Haynes was represented by attorney-at-law Shadia Simpson.

One Response to Mistaken identity?

  1. Dorothy Vaughan March 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    The police have to be more careful when charging persons for driving offences. I was once questioned about an incident in which I was supposed to be driving a van. I never drove a
    van and I was nowhere in the vicinity when the incident occurred and that was proven.


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