Man fined for wearing ‘illegal’ shirt
Shamar 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.