Magistrate Bertie Pompey has informed a prosecutor that he is willing to testify at the trial of a man who is alleged to have used indecent language in the precincts Colonarie Magistrate’s Court, while Pompey was presiding.
On Thursday, Raphael Lavia, 30, appeared before the court, sitting at Georgetown, and pleaded not guilty to a charge that on July 23, at Sandy Bay, he made use of threatening language to Decoda Hoyte, also of Sandy Bay, to wit, “yo stinking m****r c**t, ah going put yo down like yo daddy. Member me tell you that”.
He pleaded similarly to a charge that on July 23, at Sandy Bay, he made use of indecent language to Decoda Hoyte of Sandy Bay, to wit, “yo stinking m****r c**t yo done run gone ah station, member now ah night”.
Prosecutor, Corporal Delando Charles objected to bail saying the defendant has charges before the court.
The magistrate denied bail and adjourned the matter to Aug. 3
While leaving the dock to sit on the prisoners’ bench, Lavia said, “Ah bet alyo did give me a hundred years and done!”
The defendant continued to behave unruly in the courtroom was escorted to the holding cell, located at the Georgetown Police Station, located in the same building as the courtroom.
As he was being escorted, Lavia made some comments and the magistrate said he hoped that a charge would be laid.
Later that same day, Lavia reappeared before Pompey on two charges.
He was charged that on July 27, at the Colonarie Magistrate’s Court, he made use of indecent language, to wit, “alyo m****r c**t, alyo put me back pon f***ing remand, alyo stinking m****r c**t.”
He was also charged that on July 27, at the Georgetown Police Station, he made use of threatening language to PC 1103 Romario Nanton of Sandy Bay, to wit, “Write up more charge sheet, anytime me come out ah bullet in yuh m****r c**t.”
Lavia pleaded not guilty to both charges.
“Let me tell you something,” Pompey told Lavia, “There’s no bad man. All the bad man done dead.”
Lavia responded, “Ah glad you know that!”
Prosecutor, Corporal Delando Charles reminded the court that according to Section 98 of the Criminal Code, the defendant could be sentenced up to two years in prison for contempt committed in the precincts of the court.
Pompey denied the defendant bail, recused himself from the matter and adjourned it to Aug. 7, for hearing at the Calliaqua Magistrate’s Court.
Lavia is scheduled to appear before the same magistrate today (Monday) in connection with four charges allegedly committed on June 7 against the same complainant in Sandy Bay.