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‘Drug cocktail tripped me off’

Published: 
Friday, December 8, 2017
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Stephon Simon, right, is escorted to the prisoners dock of the San Fernando Magistrates Court following his court appearance yesterday. Photo by:Rishi Ragoonath

The man who was shot by police in Tarouba after he ran amok, grabbing a toddler, assaulting four officers, damaging a police vehicle and smashing a fruit vendor’s stall, has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

Stephon Simon, 27, went down on his hands and knees before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the First Court as he apologised for actions. He claimed someone drugged him by mixing cocaine in marijuana cigarette he smoked.

Simon pleaded guilty to five charges, including assaulting PC Dookhie, woman SRP Mahabir, PC Johnson and PC Cupid and damaging a police vehicle to the value of $2,100.

Recounting the bizarre incident, prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said around 8.15 am on November 24, PC Johnson and SRP Mahabir were on duty at the Tarouba overpass when someone shouted, “Help, officer,” and pointed to the nearby vending area. As the officers approached, they saw Simon, who was bareback and barefoot, holding a two-year-old child against his chest, shouting, “Dead robot, dead.”

The officers ordered him to put down the child and he again shouted, “Dead robot, dead.”

Still holding the child, Simon then walked up to vendor’s van and struck the glass showcase with his hands, smashing it. Simon then took up a piece of glass and started moving to the two officers who shouted at him to put down the child.

The baby’s mother managed to snatch her baby from Simon. The man took up a piece of wood and flung it at Mahabir, hitting her on her head. He also threw stones that the officers and Johnson shot Simon on his right leg. Simon, however, still struck a police vehicle with stones, breaking the rearview mirror, registration plate and front windscreen. With the assistance of PCs Cupid and Dookhie, the officers subdued Simon and took him to the San Fernando General Hospital and he was treated. He was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. Seedan said based on the facts there were other serious offences for which Simon was not charged.

Asked by the magistrate whether he was ever a patient of Ward One or St Ann’s Hospital, Simon said he was sent to St Ann’s for an evaluation in 2013 after he was charged with arson.

Simon said he wanted to live a more family-oriented life, do good and continue fixing his mother’s home. He claimed, “I was not in my right mind.” Simon claimed the night before he smoked weed with his neighbours and he suspected someone mixed it with cocaine.

The magistrate remanded him to St Ann’s Hospital for observation and a report to return to court on December 21.

Simon’s mother and sister were in court.