Former MP says ‘sorry’ after conviction

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Former Minister of Agriculture Hilson “Brother B” Baptiste who was this week convicted for assaulting a police officer and failing to comply with the officer’s instructions, said he’s sorry for disrespecting the cop.

“I respect the police and it is unfortunate what happened and I apologise to the police … I was taking my two-year-old granddaughter to the airport and it was pouring rain. The only way to get her out safely was under the shed,” he said.

As punishment for the assault of Corporal Glendon Raguette, the former MP under the United Progressive Party (UPP) administration has to pay $500 compensation to the policeman and he has until the end of the month to do so, otherwise he would be jailed for 30 days.

Other charges of battery on police, resisting arrest and dangerous driving were dismissed

Yesterday afternoon, Baptiste told OBSERVER media that he had not yet paid the money but assured he would do so before the deadline.

Baptiste was actually charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily, but denied that charge and the police took him to trial in the St John’s Magistrates’ (traffic) Court.

On Tuesday, the court found him guilty of the lesser count of assault.

More in today’s Daily Observer.

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