Bus conductor charged with assaulting passenger over change

Minibus conductor Dennis Moore was yesterday charged with assaulting a passenger and behaving in a disorderly manner when a policeman tried to intervene.

Moore, 26, of Mocha Arcadia, was arraigned before Magistrate Sueanna Lovell at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, where he was placed on $20,000 bail after he denied the assault charge. The magistrate fined him $10,000, with an alternative of three weeks imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to the disorderly behaviour charge.

The prosecutor told the court that the assault occurred on October 6, at Water Street, Georgetown, where Moore, the conductor of minibus BHH 1897, allegedly assaulted Debra Smith and behaved disorderly.

Smith joined the minibus at Stabroek Market Square, from where it was scheduled to go to New Market Street. She later paid Moore $100 and he only returned $20 instead of $40 change, to which Smith objected.
After her objections, Moore allegedly chucked Smith.

The situation was reported to a police constable, who intervened, but despite warnings Moore continued to abuse Smith.
After granting bail, the magistrate adjourned the case to November 1 for report and fixture.

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