Police drop several charges against Senator Adrian Lee

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The police have dropped four of the seven charges they filed against Barbudan member of the Upper House of parliament, Senator Adrian Lee, after he had a “sit down” with the police prosecution in Barbuda yesterday.
A source on the sister isle said Lee, of the ruling Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) apologised to the officers in open court yesterday following his discourse with the prosecution which in turn dropped the charges of battery on police, abusive language and two counts of making use of indecent language.
The other three charges of wounding fellow Barbudan and former senator Linton Thomas, larceny and being armed with an offensive weapon have been adjourned to September 19 since his lawyer John Fuller was absent.
The charges for the offences stemmed from an altercation at the Umbrella Bar in Codrington on October 15 last year.
Lee was released on a station bail of $6,000 with two sureties since last year, and this remains in place unless varied by the court.
According to the earlier police report, Thomas alleged that Lee took a case of Ribena and a case of soda from his bar. It is further alleged that he confronted the younger man and the altercation ensued.
The report indicated that Lee allegedly used a metal object and struck Thomas about the face resulting in two facial wounds which required stitches to close.
Lee was appointed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne as the Barbudan senator in the Upper House. Back when the incident occurred, the ABLP first vice president, Social Transformation Minister, Samantha Marshall, had said there were no immediate plans to discipline Lee as the party said it would await the outcome of the court matter before a decision is made.

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