Jamaican entertainer Popcaan on Tuesday pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in Antigua.
Popcaan, whose given name is Andre Sutherland, was taken before a magistrate court in Antigua and Barbuda court on summary offenses.
He entered the guilty plea to the two charges, a representative of the Antigua police told The STAR.
Popcaan pleaded guilty to the charge of battery on police and was fined EC$1,000 (approximately $45,409).
If he fails to pay the fine, he faces six months imprisonment.
The entertainer was convicted of the offense of obstructing a police officer. He was fined EC$1,000 (approximately $45,409).
If he fails to pay the fine, Popcaan faces six months imprisonment.
Popcaan was arrested in Antigua and Barbuda early Tuesday morning.
Senior Sergant Frankie Thomas, public relations officer of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, confirmed the arrest with The STAR.
“There was an incident which happened last night during our Labour Day celebration and Jamaican national Andre Sutherland, aka Popcaan, was taken into custody in relation to a confrontation with the police during his performance,” Thomas told The STAR.
The following is a statement from the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda on the arrest of Popcaan.
Popular Jamaican dancehall artiste Andrea Sutherland, aka Popcaan was arrested and taken into custody, following a confrontation with police at Fort James around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
It was reported that during the artiste performance on stage, a number of patrons, who were attending show climbed onto the stage.
The police, who were there to maintain Law and Order, went on stage to remove the patrons and to protect the artiste.
However, while the police were carrying out their duty, Popcaan got in the way of the officer, and physically barring him from carrying out his duty.
The artiste could be seen pushing a police officer aside, whilst at the same time on the microphone inciting the crowd to misbehave.
A number of patrons also resort to throwing missiles, causing injuries to innocent bystanders inside the crowd.
Popcaan was subsequently arrested and taken into custody by the police to prevent any further breach of the peace. He is likely to be charged with assault and battery of a police officer; obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.