A man arrested after throwing a temper tantrum and vandalizing the Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) was yesterday given a conditional discharge.
Glenn F. Austin, 47, who claims to be a shareholder in the troubled bank, was arrested on March 1 and appeared before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister on Wednesday charged with causing damage.
Austin told the court that he became irate when he was refused permission to see a manager at the bank’s Charlotte Street head office.
According to Austin, he wanted to sort out a discrepancy on his identification, as F. Austin was sometimes confused for Faustin.
Austin, who has said he was recently deported from the United States, said that he wanted to ensure that all “share payments were in order” before he left the island for Freeport, Grand Bahama, where his brother is in critical condition at hospital.
However, he claimed that he caused the damage after he went into “defense mode” when security and police came for him.
Austin threw an object through the door and damaged a monitor, a lamp and a keypad, causing damage totaling $2,847.48.
He said, “I apologize for what I did. I am a shareholder and I value the company.”
Armbrister said that Austin would not get a criminal record if he compensated the Bank of The Bahamas by March 29.
If he doesn’t meet the deadline to pay the compensation, Austin would have to pay a $3,000 fine to avoid spending a year in prison.
Sergeant 2632 Kendrick Bauld prosecuted.