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Man breaks PC’s hand trying to flee drug arrest
A Pleasantville man who fractured a policeman’s hand when he tried to elude arrest after he was caught with marijuana will be sentenced today. San Fernando Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds said she wanted to know if Allan Burnett, 32, had a criminal record before sentencing him. He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and assaulting PC Shazia Mohammed. The injured officer was not in court. The incident took place on Sunday. The court heard that PC Mohammed and Cpl Ramlogan were on patrol along St James Street, San Fernando, when they searched the accused. In his right front pants pocket they found a marijuana cigarette in a pack of cigarettes and two foil packets containing marijuana. It weighed 3.2 grammes.
When Mohammed held onto his arm to arrest him, Burnett pulled away aggressively. “I eh taking no lock-up for that,” Burnett said, as he struggled violently. Cpl Ramlogan helped Mohammed as they tried to restrain Burnett. During the struggle Mohammed’s left hand was injured and a bone was fractured. Eventually, Burnett was arrested. Mohammed was treated and discharged from the San Fernando General Hospital. Burnett apologised for his actions yesterday but claimed at the time he did not know they were police officers. The magistrate gave him the officer’s medical certificate to read. He claimed he too was beaten on his foot. Burnett said he had one previous conviction for obscene language but the magistrate said she wanted a fingerprint trace before she passed sentence.