"Mrs Parks was over her and cut off the lights"
Two Guyanese sisters face almost a dozen charges between them after they assaulted and racially abused police officers.
A video of the incident went viral, showing them verbally and physically abusing the officers.
Yasminie Ramsook (alias Tina), aged 22, and Hemwattie Singh (alias Mona), aged 30, appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at New Amsterdam Magistrates’ Court on December 5, 2019.
As well as the numerous charges, the sisters were also asked to post $100,000 (£76,000) bail.
Tina was charged with dangerous driving resulting in an accident, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, resisting arrest, disorderly behaviour and assaulting an officer.
Mona was charged with assaulting two officers and damaging one of their phones, disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest.
Despite the incident being caught on camera, both women pleaded not guilty to the charges.
It was reported that on December 2, 2019, Tina was driving in a dangerous manner while her sister was a passenger. It led to her crashing into a parked vehicle.
After the accident, the Guyanese sisters allegedly fled, which resulted in a police chase.
The sisters were eventually caught and taken to Rose Hall Outpost, East Berbice-Corentyne.
At the outpost, Tina and Mona allegedly assaulted Officer Parks when they confronted them. The sisters went on to verbally abuse the other officers present, even hurling racial slurs.
The video of the incident was recorded by one of the officers.
A lot of the racist abuse was directed at an officer of African descent who was filming.
The assault started when the officer tried to take Tina’s phone after seeing her filming.
However, at court, the sisters denied assaulting Officer Parks and claimed that they were the ones being attacked.
The sisters said that they had been assaulted by the female officer. Tina alleged that she was trying to defend her sister after the officer punched her in the stomach.
Tina went on to say that she had a medical report to back her claims up.
Mona alleged that she was left hospitalised for two days after being thrown to the ground by an officer and hitting her head.
The sisters stated that the officers turned off the lights at the outpost before continuing with their assault.
Outside the court, Mona said: “Mrs Parks, she threw me down on the ground, she hit my head and she cut off the lights and I ended up in the hospital for two days.”
She went on to say that she did not damage Constable Umkar Sukhnanand’s phone. Mona added:
“I didn’t break anybody’s phone, he (Constable Sukhnanand) was pushing the phone in my face and the phone fell out of his hand.”
Tina explained: “While Mrs Parks was over her and cut off the lights, I was trying to get her off her (Mona).
“She punched me in my belly and when she finished doing that, she put the lights back on.”
The sisters were accompanied by their parents to the arraignment. Both were seen smiling and rolling their eyes while the charges were being read out to them.
The case has been transferred to Whim Magistrates’ Court where a hearing will take place on January 6, 2020.
The incident which took place at Rose Hall Outpost was transferred to Albion Magistrates’ Court. A hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2020.