Remanded vendors granted bail, associate charged with assault

Stabroek News
October 28, 2000

The four persons remanded to prison on Wednesday yesterday secured their pre-trial freedom while another associated with the vendors' cause was read five charges.

Twenty-one-year-old Shawn Harris of 149 Church and Light streets, Georgetown, was placed on $25,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to assaulting Anthony Jacobs, throwing missiles at Ivor O'Brien, using threatening behaviour to O'Brien, being in possession of a noxious substance (anti-aggression foam bass spray), and inciting persons to commit a felony on Tuesday.

Colin Walton and Earl McAdam were granted $25,000 bail, while June-Ann Johnson of 31 Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, was placed on $20,000 bail and Lawrence Sealy will have to pay $15,000 surety. Walton is charged with disorderly behaviour, carrying a cutlass and resisting constable Lyndon Jones; McAdam is accused of obstructing O'Brien and carrying a cutlass; while Sealy is charged with throwing missiles and carrying a pair of scissors. The lone female, Johnson, is charged with damaging a City Constabulary vehicle's windscreen valued $85,000.

These charges stem from daily confrontations which exploded into violence on Tuesday at about 1300 hrs as the Regent Street vendors attempted to sell their wares despite a September 29 order of the High Court barring them from vending along that city pavement.

The vendors have since been staging a number of protests. On Tuesday, the standoff escalated and five members of the city constabulary were injured and a number of hucksters held.

They will all return to court on November 13.

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