Beetham Gar­dens com­mu­ni­ty ac­tivist An­der­son Wil­son has been sen­tenced to sev­en days in prison for curs­ing Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds in 2018.

Wil­son was on Fri­day found guilty of us­ing ob­scene lan­guage to the an­noy­ance of oth­ers and slapped with the sen­tence as he reap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Sarah De Sil­va in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court.

How­ev­er, the fa­ther of five was not im­me­di­ate­ly im­pris­oned as he suc­cess­ful­ly ap­plied for bail un­der Sec­tion 133 (A) of the Sum­ma­ry Court Act, which pro­vides for bail in cir­cum­stances where a per­son is sen­tenced to less than 30 days in prison and in­tends to ap­peal.

Wil­son was grant­ed $10,000 bail and his friend Wen­dell Ever­s­ley, him­self a so­cial ac­tivist, was al­lowed to stand as sure­ty.

Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence in the case, the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Au­gust 14 last year, as the Min­is­ter in the Min­istry of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al and Le­gal Af­fairs was tour­ing the then flood-rav­aged com­mu­ni­ty.

Hinds claimed that he was con­front­ed by Wil­son, who re­port­ed­ly said: “For 56 years the PNM did (ex­ple­tive) noth­ing for Beetham. Hinds is on­ly promis­es you giv­ing and do­ing noth­ing for the (ex­ple­tive) peo­ple.”

An­oth­er res­i­dent, Richard “Snake” Mar­celle, al­so al­leged­ly cursed Hinds and kicked flood­wa­ter on him, forc­ing the MP to run away. Mar­celle was al­so charged with as­sault by beat­ing and us­ing ob­scene lan­guage af­ter Hinds re­port­ed the in­ci­dent to the po­lice.

Un­like Wil­son, Mar­celle plead­ed guilty to the of­fences at a pre­lim­i­nary stage and was fined $300 for the as­sault and $100 for ob­scene lan­guage.

Un­der the Sum­ma­ry Of­fences Act, the of­fences car­ry max­i­mum penal­ties of a $400 fine or three months in prison and a $200 fine or 30 days’ im­pris­on­ment re­spec­tive­ly.

The ev­i­dence in the case in­clud­ed a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view with Wil­son, which was record­ed the fol­low­ing day. In the in­ter­view, which was used to show his (Wil­son) propen­si­ty to com­mit the of­fence, Wil­son sug­gest­ed that the treat­ment met­ed out to Hinds would in­ten­si­fy in the fu­ture.

Reporter: Derek Achong