Hilson Baptiste found guilty of assaulting a police officer

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Former Agriculture Minister Hilson Baptiste has been found guilty of assaulting a police officer and has been ordered to pay $500 to the lawman.
If Baptiste fails to pay the money by January 30th, he will spend thirty days in prison.
Earlier, he pleaded not guilty to the offence and, after several appearances at trial, was found guilty in the St John’s Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The charge arose from an altercation between Baptiste and the lawman at VC Bird International Airport in March 2016.
The officer told Baptiste, who had stopped to let off someone, to move on.
Baptiste, meanwhile admitted guilt to a separate charge – failing to comply with an order from Glendon Raguette, the police officer involved.
The former government minister was reprimanded and discharged on the compliance conviction.
He pleaded not guilty to yet other charges – battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and dangerous driving. Those charges were later dismissed.

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