Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 22nd 2017 Contents ficers and entered the building.
He was eventually slapped with the
charged via a court summons.
Central to the dismissal of the case be-
fore Ayers-Caesar was an error by police
in laying the charge.
Griffith was charged with using insulting
language to the annoyance of persons on the
road, while he should have been charged
with using insulting language with intent
to, or which might tend to provoke another
to commit a breach of the peace.
While Ayers-Caesar dismissed the charge
as she said that she could not amend it at
a late stage in Griffith's trial, the Appeal
Describing the error as trivial, Yorke-Soo
Hon said: "We are of the view that the mag-
istrate in this case ought to have granted the
amendment despite the fact that the six-
month limitation period had long expired."
The State was represented by Assistant
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
George Busby in the appeal.
guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 22, 2017
The State has won its appeal over the dismissal
of former government minister Dr Rupert Grif-
fith's case for using insulting language towards
a police officer during a routine traffic stop in
Delivering a 21-page judgment at the Hall of Justice
in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Appellate Judges Alice
Yorke-Soo Hon and Mark Mohammed ruled that
former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar was
wrong when she decided to dismiss the case due to
an administrative error by the police officers who
In reversing Ayers-Caesar's order, the appeal court
said it was required to determine Griffith's guilt or
Yorke-Soon Hon and Mohammed found Griffith
guilty as they ruled that prosecutors had proven their
case beyond a reasonable doubt.
"The evidence adduced against the respondent in
our view was clear, cogent and compelling," Yorke-
Soo Hon, who wrote the judgment, said.
Griffith's lawyer Israel Khan, SC, made an immedi-
ate mitigation plea in which he called upon the court to
discharge his client under
Section 71 (a) of the Sum-
mary Courts Act.
Under the legislation,
judicial officers are em-
powered to discharge
accused person who are
guilty of minor criminal
offences in circumstances
where it is "inexpedient
to inflict any punish-
. The charge carries
a fine of $200.
Khan noted that Grif-
fith was 71-years-old and
was suffering with a med-
ical condition with his left
leg which requires him to
walk with a cane. Khan also said that Griffith had a
clean criminal record and spent most of his adult life
as a public official.
The court agreed with Khan's submissions and
recorded no conviction against Griffith.
The charge arose out of an incident at the corner
of Dock and Wrightson Roads in Port-of-Spain on
March 8, 2012.
Two police officers stopped Griffith's vehicle and
informed his driver that he had just breached a red
As the officers were requesting the driver's doc-
uments, Griffith, the then minister of Science and
Technology, instructed him to drive off.
Griffith's vehicle was eventually stopped 30 feet
away from the entrance to the Parliament. He report-
edly threatened to report the officers to the Com-
missioner of Police.
"You is a stupid police, all yuh is a set ah stupid
police. I doh know how all yuh get in the service.
Somebody must be help all yuh to get in the service,
all yuh too stupid," Griffith said as he evaded the of-
Former minister Dr Rupert Griffith
"You is a stupid
police, all yuh is
a set ah stupid
police. I doh know
how all yuh get
in the service.
be help all yuh to
get in the service,
all yuh too stupid,"
Griffith said as
he evaded the
Ex-minister guilty of using
insulting language towards cop
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