A self-proclaimed community activist from Beetham Gardens charged with using obscene language against Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds during an incident in which he was doused with floodwater by another resident, last year, reappeared in court yesterday morning.
Anderson Wilson, who was charged with the offence almost four months after the other man pleaded guilty and was fined, reappeared before Magistrate Sarah De Silva in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court, yesterday morning.
During the brief hearing, Wilson’s lawyer requested that police prosecutors disclose the evidence against Wilson to prepare his defence. They agreed to do so before the next hearing of the case on September 10.
Wilson is accused of using obscene language to the annoyance of Hinds during the incident on August 14, last year.
It occurred as Hinds and Local Government councillor Akil Audain were touring areas of the community affected by heavy rainfall.
The duo was speaking to residents along 16th Street when they were confronted by a group of men, who kicked water on them while their backs were turned.
Hinds and Audain confronted the men over the incident but were forced to flee as the men, who were armed with buckets, chased after them.
Hinds made a report of the incident to police the following day.
Shortly after the incident, 31-year-old Richard “Snake” Marcelle, an employee of the Port-of-Spain City Corporation’s Drainage Department, was charged with using obscene language and assault by beating.
Marcelle pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $300 for the assault and $100 for obscene language.
Wilson was issued with a summons to appear in court for his charge on January 25 and made several court appearances before yesterday’s hearing.
Wilson was charged by Inspector Randall Mc Guirk.