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Court Hearings (In Favor of Bouncers)

Ex-bouncer sues for wrongful arrest

THE STATE has been sued for $15,000, after two police officers allegedly wrongfully arrested a man two years ago.

Garville Mitchell is represented by Kevin Ratiram, who filed the complaint in the San Fernando Civil Court on behalf of his client last Monday.

It was stated that Mitchell was on duty as a bouncer at the entrance of a popular club in Gulf City Mall, Gulf View, La Romaine, when police constable Derrick Nathad tried to enter without paying the cover charge on the night of February 3, 2006.

Mitchell said the officer was told he could not gain access and he (officer) began hurling expletives and threatening him. He added that the officer made a call on his cellular phone and was joined by PC Fairley and a female companion, who both became verbally abusive. Mitchell said he was subsequently arrested, taken to the San Fernando Police Station and released at 1 a.m. the following day.

Two days later, he was charged by PC Nathad for using obscene language on the night of the incident. In December of the following year, the charge against Mitchell was dismissed in the San Fernando Third Magistrate's Court.

Mitchell is claiming damages for being wrongfully arrested, falsely imprisoned and for having false charges laid against him.



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