ZR driver fined for cursing police

courtA ZR driver who had seven prior convictions related to personal confrontations with police officers, chalked up his eighth Tuesday.

Dexter David Smith, 28, of White Hall, St Thomas, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, to using insulting language to Constable Troy Jordan while the officer was executing his duties.

After Smith’s admission, his attorney Kevin Miller appealed to the magistrate to be as lenient as possible on his client, considering he had thrown himself at the mercy of the court by pleading guilty.

The defence attorney also told Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant that Smith wanted to turn his life around and was the sole provider of a two-month-old child.

In apprising the court of the facts surrounding the offence, police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid recalled that law enforcement officers went to the River Road van stand to investigate a serious crime yesterday. Personnel from the Forensic Sciences Unit were taking photographs in the same area Smith had parked his ZR van and police asked him to move it, which he did. However, Smith only drove the vehicle a short distance and when he was told to move it further, he used expletives towards the officer.

The prosecutor told the court that Smith’s prior convictions included resisting arrest, threatening and cursing police, and he had an unpaid fine for assault, for which a warrant had been issued. After considering all that had been said by the defence attorney and the police prosecutor, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant slapped Smith with a $1,000 fine to be paid in one month, with the alternative of 10 months in prison.

4 Responses to ZR driver fined for cursing police

  1. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin November 23, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Whatever he’s on they need to cut the dose. Yeesh!

  2. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 23, 2016 at 1:44 am

    After having read this story, I am appalled and bewildered that this repeat offender, was given a slap on the wrist for his constant gross disrespect for law and order. Unless the Magistrate is related to this man or the ZR Operation, I can’t not see given the fact, the man has an unpaid fine, that he is allowed to enjoy his liberty. From all indication, the behaviour of these ZRS Operators would never improve. Would this decision of the Magistrate be appealed by the police? It is sending the wrong message.

  3. Hal Austin November 23, 2016 at 3:35 am

    This is an abuse of court time. Police should be more concerned with the reckless driving by ZR drivers, not rude obnoxious behaviour of the ill-educated drivers. .

  4. Donild Trimp November 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Not this one Hal. This one is different.

    You cannot hinder the Forensic Science Unit from carrying out investigations at a serious crime scene. In the UK, the USA and Canada he would be arrested immediately and transported to jail.

    He got off lightly given his prior convictions.

    What happened to the unpaid fine for which a warrant was issued for his arrest? Did he pay that? Once a warrant is issued for your arrest that warrant must be satisfied before he is set free.

    Something is missing in this report.


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