by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): WINN has confirmed that Lindsay Grant was convicted of Battery On Police, Obstruction and Threatening Language on November 15, 2023.
A senior police officer informed WINN that sentencing is slated for November 21, 2023.
The context –
On January 08, 2022, Former Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant was caught on camera in a tense verbal spat with law enforcement officers at the Last Lap Bar in Bird Rock.
The widely circulated video led to much debate locally, with Grant facing heavy criticism from political opponents and the public alike.
Following the video, on March 05, 2022, Grant called on the authorities to “decide whether or not they would level criminal charges against him”.
On March 08, 2022, Grant was initially charged with the offences of Beating a Police Officer in the Execution of her Duties and Assaulting a Police Officer in the Execution of his Duties.
In a statement from the People’s Action Movement (PAM) on March 08, 2022, following the charges laid before, the party said, “Indeed, we are aware of a political sub-text to the entire issue, and there have been naked attempts by some to seek to score political points.”
The PAM further stated that they “are glad that the charges have been brought – and call for a speedy trial in the hopes that all the facts of the matter are illuminated” and said they support the police but also stood in solidarity with Grant.
The public awaits the court’s decision on the sentencing of Grant on November 21.
More on this as information becomes available.
Editor’s Note: Update – On November 16, 2023, Police shared that “On November 14th, 2023, Lindsay Grant was convicted on two charges: Battery of a Police Officer, and Assaulting a Police Officer. The offences were committed on January 8, 2022, at Last Lap Bar in Bird Rock, St. Kitts. Mr. Grant’s sentence will be passed on November 21, 2023.”