A Prospect van driver, on Wednesday, saw his guilty plea vacated on a charge that he littered by throwing, out of his vehicle, a traffic ticket that he had been issued.
Shafeek Castello would now be tried on Nov. 28 on a charge that on Oct. 16, at Richmond Hill, being the driver of H5273, he did throw litter onto a public place, to wit the Richmond Hill Public Road.
The court heard that a police officer was on duty near Girls’ High School when he saw the vehicle near the bus stop with loud music coming from it.
The officer asked the driver to turn down the music, and the driver responded, “Officer, it low already.
The police officer told Castello he was going to issue him with a ticket and asked for his driver’s licence.
After the police officer gave Castello the ticket, he told the police officer he was not going to take it.
The officer placed the ticket and the driver’s licence in Castello’s lap and Castello threw the ticket out of the van and started misbehaving.
As a result, he was taken to the Central Police Station, where he was charged with littering.
However, Castello told the court that the officer had thrown the ticket on him.
“But you were refusing to take it from him. Why weren’t you taking the ticket? If you had accepted the ticket, there would have not have been any need to put the ticket on you,” the magistrate said, and the defendant agreed.
The defendant further told the court that he threw the ticket out of the vehicle when it was issued.
After hearing further explanations by the defendant, the magistrate said that Castello was raising some issues that were forcing the court to enter a not guilty plea.
However, prosecutor Sergeant of Police Parnel Browne told the court that he does not know what the defendant meant when he said the officer had thrown the ticket on him.
Browne told the court that on many occasions, drivers have complained that police officers had thrown traffic tickets on them.
He said that during his inquiries, the drivers would also admit that they had refused to take the ticket from the police officers.
The prosecutor told the court that he had no objection to going to trial in the case.