18 year old charged for assaulting police officer Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

Police Constable George Savery claims that 18-year-old Adrian Swasey of Croton Lane resisted arrest and assaulted him on Thursday, February 4, on Mahogany Street. According to police reports, Swasey and three other males were together on Mahogany Street when PC Savery approached them. As the officer approached, Swasey walked away despite being told to stay where he was. According to PC Savery, when he ordered Swasey to stop he turned around and struck him in the face with a fist. Other officers had to intervene and they managed to apprehend Swasey after a tossle.

The teenager was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Monday, February 8. He was read four charges: one count of aggravated assault, one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of obstructing justice and one count of resisting arrest. Swasey pleaded not guilty to all four charges and told Magistrate Rogers that it was the officer who struck him first. He then presented a medico legal form to the court in which a doctor certified that the muscle in his left hand was sprained. Swasey claims that his injury was caused by the police officers. Magistrate Rogers had a copy of the medico legal form made for the court. She then granted bail to Swasey in the amount of $600 plus one surety of the same amount.

There was no objection to bail being offered to Swasey but conditions were set. He was placed on curfew. Magistrate Rogers ordered him to be indoors each day by 6 p.m. If he is seen outdoors after those hours without being in the company of his guardian his bail will be revoked. Swasey is a member of the Youth Apprenticeship Program and has been trying to turn his life around. He is due back in court on April 8, 2016.