James on bond for walking with ‘protection’
An offensive weapon that a Christ Church man said was for his protection, landed him in trouble this week.
Twenty-one-year-old Niko Antonio James pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick on Monday.
According to the police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson, lawmen were conducting an exercise at Deacons Road, St Michael, on October 16, when they had occasion to see and speak with James. They sought and obtained permission from the young man to search his bag, and found a knife inside.
“I have that for my protection,” James told the officers.
When the prosecutor informed the court that James was known to the court, his attorney, Corey Greenidge pleaded for “leniency”, saying James was gainfully employed and had several commitments.
He further argued that James did not want to harm anyone, but was “simply trying to protect himself.”
However, Frederick explained that the possession of the weapon showed the accused had intentions to “stand up, instead of run” from a situation.
He then placed James on a six-month bond. If he breaches it, he will spend six months in prison.
“[You] are not to walk with any offensive weapons,” the magistrate warned.