CaribWorldNews, ST. JOHN`S, Antigua, Tues. Oct. 6, 2009: Five New York tourists are set to return to the Big Apple tomorrow after getting off with a fine on Monday for scuffling with cops here.
Chief Magistrate Ivan Walters fined 24-year-old Shoshannah Henry, Dolores Lalanne, 25, Nancy Lalanne, 22, Mike Paul, 25, and Joshua Jackson, 25, $2,300 for the Sept. 4 scuffle with plainclothes police on the island after they refused to pay a disputed $100 cab fare and the driver took them to a police station.
The five had been on a cruise ship stopover on the Caribbean island. Charges against a sixth tourist were dropped over the weekend.
Chief Magistrate Walters also scolded the tourists telling them they should have pleaded guilty earlier so they could have `been reprimanded and discharged and would have long returned home.` Police officers testified the tourists hit them, bit them and pulled their hair. However, the accused claimed the officers started the fight.
The fines were based on different convictions including beating a female police officer and using indecent language. The judge also ordered them to pay a total of $1,170 in compensation for suffering and damage to the police officers` property.
The release of the six came following a visit to the island over the weekend by U.S. congressman Edolphus Towns and Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz.