The Argyle International Airport, on Tuesday, told the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court that it is no longer proceeding against the woman who was charged with damaging a glass and aluminum door at the facility, valued US$1,380.
Timika Mc Lean, of Arnos Vale and Canada, reappeared in court on Tuesday, one day after she asked to change her not guilty plea to guilty, so that she could leave St. Vincent and the Grenadines with her three young children.
Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett told the woman that he would not accept a guilty plea out of convenience.
She had pleaded not guilty, twice, to a charge that on July 15 at Argyle, she damaged one glass and aluminum door, valued US$1,380, the property of Argyle International Airport, and was reckless as to whether such property would be damaged.
“I didn’t damage the door but the door is damaged. They showed me the damage after. I was angry and frustrated because I wasn’t getting my flight,” said, Mc Lean who also told the court she has a 7-year-old child who has seizures.
“Yesterday (Sunday), they cancelled my flight just like that,” Mc Lean said.
The magistrate said that based on what Mc Lean was saying, a trial was needed.
“I don’t know if I can be here for a trial,” Mc Lean said, adding that while she might be able to stay, “My kids need to go home.”
After the woman asked to change her plea, the magistrate told her that he would stand the matter down to allow her to seek legal advice.
She then retained counsel Grant Connell, and again pleaded not guilty.
The matter was then listed for report on Tuesday and trial on Thursday.
However, on Tuesday, when the matter was called, Carmiena Brooks, manager of operations and services at AIA, told the court, “We are taking steps to repair the door that was damaged by the individual. It would be better to replace it, but we are taking steps to repair it.”
She told the court that the airport no longer wished to proceed against Mc Lean.
The case against the woman was, therefore, withdrawn, and she was told that she was free to go.
Meanwhile, Connell told the court that he commends the management of AIA “for following wisdom and commonsense” in arriving at their decision.
Mc Lean is the second person against whom a charge of damaging AIA property was withdrawn.
Last December, the prosecution withdrew against 76-year-old Raphael Patterson, who had been charged with damaging a face basin at the airport.
Prosecutor Carl Williams offered no explanation for the Crown’s decision, but it was widely rumoured that the prosecution was left with no choice because they had no evidence to substantiate a case against the man.
Patterson, who was born in St. Vincent but has been living in Trinidad and Tobago for 56 years, was arrested at AIA on Nov. 30, 2017 and charged with damage to property.
Information reaching iWitness News is that police had alleged that he used a rum bottle to damage a face basin at the airport, which began operating on Feb. 14, 2017.