Community service for scaling stadium wall
A man who refused to pay the entrance fee to watch a football match at the National Stadium on Sunday, was ordered by a Bridgetown Court to perform 140 hours of community service after police saw him climbing over the Stadium wall not once, but twice, in his effort to gain entry.
Julian Phillip Quimby, of 1st Avenue, Alleyne’s Land, Bush Hall, St Michael pleaded guilty to entering the premises of the Stadium after being forbidden to do so. He also confessed to resisting Police Constable Eric Farley in the execution of his duties.
The 48-year-old was before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today, in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
According to Sergeant Robert Jones, patrons were entering from the western side of the stadium to watch the match between Rendezvous and Wales football clubs. The entrance fee was either $5 or $7.
During the first half, police noticed Quimby climbing over a wall on the eastern side. When Quimby was approached and asked whether he had a badge or a ticket, he said he did not and so was escorted off the premises.
One hour and five minutes later, police again saw Quimby climbing over the eastern wall. He struggled with police as they sought to arrest him.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick told Quimby that the fee was not much and if he could not afford it, he would have done better not to attend or stand at a vantage point on the outside of the stadium, as he has seen so many others do.
Quimby’s progress report will be read to the court when he returns on May 15.