Man pleads not guilty to assaulting officer

Complainant sustained two broken teeth

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A trial has been set for April 19 for a man accused of assaulting a senior police officer at a traffic roadblock earlier this month.

Mark Anthony Blake, 27, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to assault causing actual bodily harm of Inspector Ian Yearwood on Saturday, Dec. 10, along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. He also pleaded not guilty to a related charge of common assault.

During Blake’s first court appearance, on Dec. 12, Magistrate Valdis Foldats was told that Mr. Yearwood sustained two broken teeth in the incident.

On Tuesday, the same magistrate put the charges to Blake and recorded his pleas.

Defense attorney Anthony Akiwumi agreed with Crown counsel Gavin Dixon that the pre-trial case management conference could be held immediately.

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Mr. Akiwumi asked that all police officers at the scene of the incident attend the trial to give evidence and be questioned. The attorney also requested the attendance of the officer who charged Blake and the two officers who interviewed him.

In addition, he asked for a copy of his client’s custody record. The magistrate ordered that to be served by Jan. 6. The defendant’s bail was continued until his trial date.


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