Off to jail
Painter remanded for refusing to get fingerprinted
Appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court yesterday, Ezra Jacob Worrell had no problem letting Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale know that he ‘trusted no man and only trusted in Jah’.
The diminutive, but boisterous 46-year-old painter of Queen’s Street, St Michael brought the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court to life when he made a brief but memorable visit yesterday morning.
Shortly after pleading not guilty to having an offensive weapon, namely a knife, while on Tudor Street, The City yesterday, Worrell went on a tirade. It had actually begun while he was being processed by police, as he sternly refused to have his fingerprints and picture taken.
“Police have guns for their protection and I have a knife for my protection. The stores sell knives,” he shouted out despite attempts by police and the Magistrate to calm him down.
After his 30-second rant came to an end, the Magistrate told him he would have to return to have his fingerprints and pictures taken by police.
“No, I’m not going,” Worrell bluntly stated, to which Seale replied: “Then I will have to remand you”.
“Remand me then! I don’t trust in man, I only trust in Jah. He will guide and protect me,” the handcuffed man screamed as police led him from the dock and outside of the courtroom.
Just as he exited the building to be transported to HMP Dodds, he shouted “Jah Rastafari!” and stomped his feet on the wooden floor, much to the entertainment of those present, including Magistrate Seale.
He will return to court on February 4, 2016.