Vendor with cutlass raises alarm in The City
Kenrick Deone Davis will be spending the next month close to his St Philip home, after he was sentenced today to serve that amount of time at HMP Dodds for having an offensive weapon in Bridgetown on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Dodds Land, Church Village resident admitted having a cutlass with him on Swan Street, when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
Outlining the case, the prosecutor said police received a report that a man, armed with a cutlass, was seen in City Centre Mall. By the time lawmen arrived there, however, Davis had already left.
Based on a description they received, the officers went in search of Davis and found him on Swan Street, close to Mall Mart. He was bare-backed, had his face covered with a scarf and had a cutlass in his waist.
Davis corrected the prosecutor by saying that the scarf was around his head and that he had tried to push the cutlass further down in his waist to avoid causing fear to others.
The vendor told the court that he trims trees and sells coconuts for a living.
When Frederick referred to Davis’ several previous convictions, he replied, “them did years ago”.
“But your last one was 2015,” the magistrate replied.
“Oh, that was for breaking a bottle,” Davis countered.
The Magistrate then pointed out to the accused that his 2015 convictions were for loitering, having an offensive weapon and drug-related apparatus.
He also insisted that Davis’ behaviour on the day was lawless and his manner of dress in Bridgetown would have “instilled fear in a lot of people”.
Davis agreed that he was not appropriately dressed. However, after he was sentenced to a month in prison, he queried: “Boss, I can’t get a lil’ community service or something fuh dah?”