Middle finger for police lands man $140 fine & two years of anger management

A 45-year-old man has been ordered by the court to spend the next two years attending anger management sessions after showing a middle finger to a police officer.

Kerry Yard of Marabella was charged with the offence of using an insulting gesture intended to provoke police officer Quinton Cupid to commit a breach of the peace, under section 49 of the Summary Offences Act.

Yard pleaded guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Kerrianne Byer told him that he angered the police officer which could have led to the policeman breaching the peace. 

The incident occurred Saturday morning after police approached Yard on Market Street, while he was engaged in an argument with another person.

Police say it was then that Yard raised his middle finger toward them.

Yard was also fined $140 which he must pay in one week or serve 30 days simple imprisonment.

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