A man faces an aggravated battery charge after allegedly challenging police officers to fight before slapping and spitting in an officer’s face.
Police officers approached a man in the afternoon of Tuesday August 23 at the Victoria bus station in Port Louis for a smoking offence. The man was caught smoking a cigarette freely in a public place.
One of the police officers told the man about the offence he made (smoking in a public place) and asked his identity card for a penalty charge. The man refused and started to abuse the officers verbally.
The situation degenerated and escalated to a dispute. The man in question did not reveal his identity and slapped prior to spitting one of the officers. After the incident, one of the police officers Vikash B. revealed that the man was not sober and rebelled after one of the policeman told him about his offence.
“Kuma dire li ou bizin paye l’amend misier la amerde et coumance pousse nou. Aprer sa li zis crase lo nou ene collegue, bat li ene calot et sove,” revealed Vikash. “Nou pas gagne letan trap li akoz ene sel cou li disparaitre dan la foule,” he added.
The police officers tried to catch the offending man but he disappeared quickly in the crowd. The man is actively sought by the Police of Port Louis. He risks a charge of resisting/obstructing a police officer from doing his job, spitting on a police officer and aggravated assault among others, according to the police.
A police investigation has been opened to shed light on this matter. More to follow..