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Smart move quitting job, says Magistrate

COURT TODAY BLOCKActing Magistrate Elwood Watts today complimented a St Andrew man on his wisdom.

This was after Trevor Skeete, who resides at Bawdens, explained that rather than finding himself continually before the court for driving a two-ton truck in restricted areas, he had given up the job.

When Skeete appeared in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court to answer a charge of driving along Martindale’s Road, St Michael last October 29, he pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a sign which indicated ‘NO 2-TON VEHICLES.’

By way of explanation, though, Skeete told the court that his former employer had assured him that the truck was a service vehicle and that he had the authority to drive in those areas. However, every time he asked for the authorization letter to take to court, it was never handed over.

“It is too much responsibility on me and I had to leave the job because of these charges. I cannot afford to reappear in court on similar charges time and time again and nothing to back it up,” Skeete continued.

“You are a wise man and I agree with you,” Watts remarked.

However, in relation to another matter, Skeete was chided for not showing up at court on May 7 after being told to do so three days earlier. Skeete said he did not recall being told.

For his non-appearance he was ordered to pay $100 court costs in seven days or face a similar time in prison. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the traffic violation.   

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