Fruit vendor to be tried for allegedly stealing water from police station

Covering the courts

with Tanesha Mundle

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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A Kingston fruit vendor, who reportedly assaulted a police officer after he was caught catching five gallons of water at a police station, is to go on trial on July 19.


Troy Erving pleaded not guilty to simple larceny, resisting arrest, assaulting the police, disorderly conduct and using indecent language when he appeared in court on Friday.


The court heard that on May 14, about 7:30 am, police saw Erving collecting a bucket of water on the station compound and confronted him.


The court heard that when the police spoke to Erving and told him to leave he responded by saying: "You caa stop me, nobody caa stop me."


Ervin reportedly took up the bucket of water and threw it on the officer while behaving boisterously and using expletives.


But when the matter was mentioned, he told the court that the superintendent of police had given him permission to collect the water.


"What is the name of the supt who gave you the permission?" Judge Ellis asked. "I can’t remember," Erwin answered.


The magistrate, however, warned him that he would have to remember the name of the superintendent who had given him permission if he was going to be relying on the officer to help his case. The matter was subsequently set for trial and his bail was extended.

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