A Police Inspector was today sentenced to seven days in jail for contempt of Court.
Inspector Prem Narine landed himself in hot water as he got into a verbal back and forth with Magistrate Rondel Weever while giving evidence in a fraud case.
According to reports, while being questioned, the Inspector repeatedly asked for his memory to be refreshed.
At one stage, it is reported that the Magistrate became frustrated and told the Inspector that he will not be allowed to refresh his memory again with his statement.
Persons who were in the Courtroom said the Inspector told the Magistrate that he does not like the way she was speaking to him, because she was allegedly shouting at him.
As the Magistrate questioned whether his remarks were really directed at her, Narine confirmed that they were and made known again his displeasure with the Magistrate’s attitude towards him.
It is reported that the Inspector raised his voice and got into a back and forth with the Magistrate as she repeatedly warned him.
Eventually, he was asked to take a seat, but he reportedly continued to argue with the Magistrate and walked out of the Courtroom.
At that stage, the Magistrate asked an officer in the Court to take the Inspector into custody. Narine reportedly declared then that he was not going to be taken into custody by “no Constable” since he was senior to them.
The Magistrate then told him that he was being held in contempt of Court and will spend the next seven days in jail. The Inspector was taken to the holding area of the Court, but later complained of feeling unwell.
He was taken to a City hospital after he continued to complain of feeling unwell.
Several lawyers later returned to the Court and pleaded with the Magistrate. He was still being held at the hospital under Police guard, but the charge against him was changed to misconduct in Court.