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Costly friendship

Former road tennis champ fined for camouflage

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe actions of Winston Charles Griffith’s friend landed him before the courts and ended up costing him dearly.

The former road tennis champion will have one week to find $1,500, or else he will spend the next three months in prison.

Griffith, 49, of Greenfield, St Michael, pleaded guilty to having camouflage clothing and a Barbados Defence Force armband in his possession when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.

When asked by Frederick why he had the articles in his possession, Griffith told him that a friend came to his house and left them there.

While telling him that his criminal record was very lengthy, the magistrate acknowledged that he had not gotten into trouble in over 20 years and lauded him for that.

Before imposing the fines, Frederick asked him how much time he wanted to pay them.

Griffith said he only needed one week, as he was employed as acarpenter making $900 bi-weekly and that he also had an account at the Credit Union.

The Magistrate then fined him $750 on each charge, with an alternative of three months in prison.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Sergeant Martin Rock revealed that police issued a search warrant at Griffith’s house.

While there, they found two camouflage pants and one camouflage jacket in the bathroom.

Further checks also turned up a Barbados Defence Force armband in the closet.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

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