Fine unpaid, so Waldron must do time

A 22-year-old said to have no fixed place of abode will call HMP Dodds home for the next six months, after it was discovered he failed to pay a previously imposed fine.

Jamar Kemar Waldron appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the No. 2 Criminal Court charged with possession of apparatus for the misuse of cocaine, and assaulting and resisting Police Constables Akeel Grant and Antonio Knight in the execution of their duties.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid objected to bail for Waldron because he had no fixed place of abode, arguing that the Crown would be unable to secure his attendance for court.

Reid also pointed to an unpaid $500 fine imposed on Waldron by another magistrate this year, for robbing Dario Cheltenham of $40. He had also been ordered to repay the complainant the money stolen.

Cuffy-Sargeant asked Waldron about the unpaid fine, to which he responded: “Ma’am, I put the money in he hand . . . I put it in pieces, not all at one time, but I can get it sorted.”

Asked to explain what he meant, Waldron went on to say: “I paid the fine to the complainant. That is wrong on my part . . . . I paid him $520.”

The alternative to the fine was six months’ imprisonment, which began today for Waldron.

For the charges now before the court, he will reappear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on December 13.

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