Trial starts for premier's former political assistant

Faces disorderly conduct, assaulting police charges

Kenneth Bryan, former political assistant to Premier Alden McLaughlin, and a political candidate in the 2013 elections, appeared in court Wednesday, charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting police. 

Bryan pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from an incident outside Dream nightclub around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, 2014. 

Crown counsel Scott Wainwright summarized the case for Magistrate Philippa McFarlane before calling police officers as witnesses. 

Crown counsel’s summary 

He said officers on routine patrol were in the nightclub parking lot dealing with an altercation between two men. Bryan became involved and was verbally abusive to the officers, questioning why they were arresting one of the men, whom he referred to as his cousin. 

The officers told him to calm down and step away, but he refused and continued to be verbally abusive, using profanities, the court heard. Warned to stop or be arrested, Bryan allegedly continued his behavior, approaching one of the officers and pointing his finger in the officer’s face, which constituted the assault. 

He was taken to the George Town Police Station, where he was bailed to a later date. 

In his interview days later, he accepted his presence at the scene, but he denied the extent of the profanities attributed to him. He accepted pointing at the officer, but not in his face. 

The altercation in which Bryan became involved was between individuals referred to by officers as “Jermaine” and “TC.” 

Earlier that evening, the court heard, a female officer had been assaulted by Jermaine, who has since pleaded guilty. 

In his interview, Bryan said he had approached officers because they were arresting the wrong man – TC instead of Jermaine. (Jermaine was arrested days later). 

Cross examination 

The officer who arrested Bryan gave his evidence and was questioned by defense attorney Karin Thompson. He said the incident between him and Bryan was separate from the earlier incident. 

He agreed that Bryan in a later conversation said he was protecting and defending the female officer. The witness also confirmed that he was the investigating officer until the matter was given to an inspector. 

The trial was not expected to conclude in one day. At press deadline, no date had been set for its continuance. 


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