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Passenger fined $300 for cruise ship assault

A man kicked off a cruise ship after he assaulted another passenger paid a $300 fine yesterday to avoid spending one month in prison.

Peruvian civil engineer Roberto Chavez, 29, admitted to assaulting Niel Ramperadsingh at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney. The incident happened on April 5 while aboard the Symphony of the Seas.

The prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, said that Chavez struck Ramperadsingh in the back before walking off. When Ramperadsingh confronted him, Chavez reportedly asked, “You wanna fight?”

In mitigation, attorney Tonique Lewis said that while Chavez was guilty of assault, no harm was caused to Ramperadsingh.

She said that surveillance footage of the crime showed that this was “not the typical assault” as her client’s actions were “more so annoying than causing harm.”

Lewis said that Chavez had already been punished by being kicked off the ship, ruining his family’s vacation. She added that he’d been unable to bathe or brush his teeth for three days.

She said, “That, in itself, is a punishment.”

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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