Camouflage case

Man fined for wearing ‘illegal’ shirt

COURT TODAY BLOCKShamar Winston Hallam Proverbs confessed to a Bridgetown court that he was wearing camouflage clothing over the weekend.

Proverbs, of Barracks Road, Bank Hall, St Michael went before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The offence occurred on May 16.

Sergeant Neville Reid said police saw Proverbs that day wearing the t-shirt. During an interview at the scene, he told them his grandmother gave him the shirt, which he knew was illegal but he had no other shirt to wear at the time. The 24-year-old also gave police different names and addresses.

“If you knew it was illegal, why were you wearing the shirt . . . and don’t tell me you only had one shirt either.”

Proverbs explained that he only stepped outside to see a friend.

Seale then raised three concerns with Proverbs. Those were that he knew wearing camouflage was illegal; that police passed through that district often; and that “sometimes we do things that attract the police to us.”

“If it is one place you should not wear a camouflage shirt, it is in the Marlhole,” Seale advised, adding that it is one of those volatile areas which the police are always patrolling.

Seale also questioned why Proverbs had given police incorrect names. Proverbs replied that he gave police his mother’s surname and then his father’s; not that the surnames were false.

He was ordered to pay $150 forthwith costs to the court, with an alternative of a month in jail. The money was paid.

6 Responses to Camouflage case

  1. sam clarke May 20, 2015 at 8:48 am

    THIS IS A VERY STUPID LAW THAT SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BOOKS. NOW TELL ME IF WEARING A CAMOUFLAGE SHIRT OR PIECE OF CLOTHING, IS GOING TO STOP CRIME IN BARBADOS? I HAVE BEEN READING NUMEROUS ARTICLES ABOUT CRIMES IN BARBADOS, NEVER HAS ANYONE STATED THAT CAMOUFLAGE,CLOTHING WAS INVOLVED. UNLESS THE POLICE WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRIME. THIS NONSENSE LAW MUST BE REMOVED.NOW THIS KID HAS A STUPID CONVICTION FOR A KNEE JERK LAW, AND KNOWING BARBADOS, WILL HAVE A HELL OF A TIME FINDING A JOB.

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  2. Greg May 20, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Although it may seem as a nuisance, this law has been proactive, I remember the problems experienced in other caribbean islands with unsavoury characters donning camo to perpetrate crimes. If you want to wear camo go join the army.

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  3. Meakai May 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I would have a hard time mistaking a youngster in a camouflage T-shirt for a Government Boots., even if he was in Military Road instead of Barrack Road.

    Police have been known to confiscate bags and scarves from impetuous youngsters.

    It is indeed a nuisance law, but it is guaranteed to put money in the treasury for as long as we have young people and the young at heart living on the island.

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  4. Gregg May 20, 2015 at 11:49 am

    This is a waste of time time and court resources stupse…..

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  5. Tracey May 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

    A WASTE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY

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  6. Alex3 May 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I get what Sam Clark is getting at but then again in the US and Canada, the wearing of camo is associated with criminal behaviour so the idea that it is illegal in Barbados is not that big a deal unless of course it is pink camo which is a fashion statement.

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