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Vendor fined $19,000 for assault of cop

Wednesday, March 05, 2014    

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A vendor was on Monday fined $19,000 after pleading guilty to assaulting a female police officer on Valentine's Day — February 14.

But amid the seriousness of the case much laughter arose after the unkempt accused, Ricardo Downer, in seeking to explain why he assaulted the officer, said that people grudge him for his "juggling" and that the officer may have had "some love external or internal" for him.

Senior Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked the accused man, who said he had a previous conviction for carrying an offensive weapon, if the policewoman wasn't making enough money why she would grudge him over the little money he made from selling in the Three Miles area.

Downer, who said he had upgraded himself from wiping windscreens, was fined $10,000 or serve six months behind bars, $5,000 for assault at common law or six months' imprisonment and $4,000 or 10 days' imprisonment on a charge of possession of an offensive weapon.

In handing down the sentence, RM Pusey told Downer — who said he had been singing her praises after his first run-in with the law — that she wasn't giving him another chance not because he was "head of my fan club" but because he had owned up to what he

had done.

Downer pleaded guilty to hitting the policewoman on the breast, punching her in the face as she stood at a bus stop in the Three Miles area on February 14 and pulling a knife on her after she identified herself as a police officer.

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