MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH will go before a Port of Spain Magistrate again on Tuesday 15th December 2020, to answer charges of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duties, resisting arrest, using obscene language, and littering. (Image: TTPS)

A man who reportedly assaulted a police officer who attempted to ticket him for failing to wear a face mask, was granted $80,000 bail with surety, after pleading not guilty to a series of charges when he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate yesterday, Tuesday 17 November 2020.

The matter was postponed to December 15th, 2020.

An official statement from the Police Service reports that MARC ANTHONY JOSEPH, of Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain, was arrested and charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duties, resisting arrest, using obscene language, and littering.

The charges arose out of an incident which allegedly occurred on Friday 13th November 2020, in which a police officer issued a ticket to the accused for failing to wear a face mask.

According to the TTPS statement, the man allegedly became very hostile towards officers, refusing to accept the ticket. He reportedly discarded it by throwing it onto the roadway. An officer proceeded to pick up the ticket and reissued the ticket to the accused, following which the man reportedly verbally and physically attacked the officer.

Following his attack on the officer, other police officers subdued the man.

The TTPS states the suspect allegedly continued to behave in a loud and irate manner before officers managed to arrest him.

Two police officers who were injured during the melee, were taken to hospital for treatment.

The man was charged with the offences by Cpl Bacchus and PC Durrant.