Dennis, Aston v Attorney General & Sergeant Mantle McBean

Case Number: 
2003 HCV 1823
Date of Delivery: 
30.01.2006

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE OF JAMAICA

IN CIVIL DIVISION

CLAIM NO. 2003 HCV 1823

BETWEEN ASTON DENNIS CLAIMANT

AN D THEATTORNEYGENERAL

OF JAMAICA 1 ST DEFENDANT

AND SERGEANT MANTLE McBEAN 2ND DEFENDANT

Mr. Charles Campbell for Claimant

Mr. Brian Moodie instructed by the Director of State Proceedings for the

Defendants

BROOKS, J.

CLAIM FOR DAMAGES FOR ASSAULT

JANUARY 18 and 30,2006

In recent years there has been a proliferation of the number of persons

operating illegal taxis along our island's roadways. The Transport Authority

which has supervision of the transportation sector has deployed inspectors in

an attempt to stem the spread of this illegal activity. In carrying out their

mandate there have been instances of confrontation between these inspectors

and drivers of motor vehicles. The claim by Mr. Aston Dennis in this case

has its genesis in one such confrontation.

Mr. Dennis claims that on July 4, 2001, the Transport Autl~ority

inspectors wrongly accused him of operating an illegal taxi in Ocho Rios,

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