Tuesday 22nd May, 2018 –The Opposition United Progressive Party’s George Whenner was today found guilty of battery on a police officer when he appeared in the All Saints Magistrates’ Court.
Whenner, a retired army captain was charged in 2016 following an incident that took place in September of that year during a meeting that was held by political group The Movement in Pare Village.
The opposition politician allegedly grabbed police officer Marvin Cuffy’s hand and attempted to remove him from the meeting after Cuffy resisted calls to desist from recording and being asked to leave the meeting, which was being chaired by radio personality and member of the group, Algernon ‘Serpent’ Watts.
Cuffy was not on duty at the time.
Whenner and another person Swanston Lewis were subsequently charged.
In the All Saints Magistrates’ Court today, Whenner was convicted, while Swanston was found not guilty. Magistrate Emanuel however discharged Whenner, meaning he was not required to pay a fine; neither will he serve time in prison.
However, George Whenner’s legal troubles are not over. He still faces multiple charges stemming from a video, which included the prime minister and members of his party being fired upon as targets in a campaign advertisement.
In this latest incident, George Whenner’s attorney plans to appeal his conviction.