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Senior Immigration Officer, Edrick Fahie has been fined a total of $1,500.00 for assaulting and hurling expletives at the chief security guard at Prospect Reef hotel.
Fahie, who was found guilty by Magistrate Tamia Richards, was sentenced today.
For common assault, he was fined $1,000.00 or two months in prison; disorderly conduct - $250.00 or 30 days in prison; and indecent language - $250.00 or 30 days in prison.
The maximum sentence for common assault is one year in prison or $1,000.00 fine or both; indecent language - $250.00 or three months in prison; and disorderly conduct - $250.00 or three months in prison.
Fahie represented himself during the trial.
Magistrate Richards said Fahie has been an Immigration Officer for some 25 years and is on his way to retirement from Government.
Prosecution had contended that on January 25, 2011 around 5:00 am, the complainant, Leslie Dickson was on duty at Prospect Reef hotel. At the time, Fahie pulled up at the entrance in a motor jeep where he met the security iron bar down. Fahie exited the jeep and lifted the barrier without checking with the security guard at the booth, who was Dickson at the time.
After noticing what Fahie was doing, the complainant came out of the booth and informed him that he cannot lift the barrier. Dickson then put the bar down.
Fahie told the security guard, "...Why you move back the [expletives] bar. This is Government place and I born here and you want to come and rule me in my country. This is my country."
The guard then told Fahie that he will not allow him beyond that point; however, a female passenger in Fahie's vehicle told Dickson that she was a guest at the hotel and the guard lifted the barrier.
However, Fahie did not let the matter rest. On his way out, he stopped and told the guard that he can lift the barrier anytime he feels fit because he is "from here".
"I from here and this is a Government place and I can lift this barrier anytime and nobody can't [expletives] stop me...I am a senior officer here and I will lift it and it's my country...So [expletives] you."
Fahie assaulted the guard by taking his right middle finger and forcibly pushed it at Dickson.