Fined for lying
Man ordered to pay for giving police wrong name
When police officers stopped a man travelling along Dalkeith Hill, St Michael yesterday for not wearing a seat belt, he told them his name was Omar Phillips.
He also gave his address as Windward Gardens, St Philip.
And when asked for identification, the man said he had none with him at the time.
However, police later discovered that he was actually 24-year-old Daniel Oneal Weekes from Culloden Road, St Michael.
Weekes pleaded guilty to not wearing a seat belt and to giving police a false name and address.
Asked by Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale why he had done such a “stupid thing” as lying to police, Weekes replied: “When I see the officer I got afraid, Sir.”
“Afraid what! You thief something?” the magistrate replied.
Seale said legislators had implemented the seat belt laws to protect people and had he given police the right information, he may have escaped with a fine or a warning.
Instead, the magistrate said, he was at court facing two charges.
Weekes agreed that his actions did not make sense.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the seat belt offence but was ordered to pay a $250 fine for giving false information.
“I don’t like people lying to the police,” Seale said as he sentenced Weekes.