Bouncer wins malicious prosecution case against cop-Trinidad

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Bouncer wins malicious prosecution case against cop-Trinidad

Postby WtD_Oracle » 18 Jan 2012, 15:03 ... gainst-cop

A bouncer who was charged after he refused a policeman free entry into a nightclub has been awarded $61,500 in damages. Garville Mitchell, of Reform, Gasparillo, won his lawsuit against the State before Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee in the Port of Spain Supreme Court. Through his attorney Kevin Ratiram, he sued for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Mitchell, in his affidavit, recalled that around 10.30 pm on February 3, 2006, he was on duty at a nightclub in La Romaine.

He said PC Derrick Nathan, who smelt strongly of alcohol, attempted to enter the club without paying. He said he was unaware that Nathan, who was dressed in plain clothes, was a policeman. Mitchell said Nathan became verbally abusive after he was told that he would have to pay the cover charge, and informed him that he was a policeman. Shortly after, Mitchell said, Nathan was joined by PC Fairly, dressed in plain clothes, and a woman. They also became verbally abusive. He said shortly after a marked police vehicle pulled up and two policeman alighted. He was subsequently arrested.

Mitchell said he was taken to the San Fernando Police Station where he was subsequently charged with obscene language. He was released at 1 pm the following day. Mitchell said on December 12, 2007 the charge was dismissed by a San Fernando magistrate. Attorney Monica Smith represented the State.
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