Different tune

No break for Contone this time around

Contone could not sing his way out of prison when he appeared before a Bridgetown magistrate this afternoon.

The calypsonian, whose real name is Derrick Anderson Anthony Brathwaite, will spend the next 28 days at HMP Dodds after pleading guilty to theft.

“No singing today,” Magistrate Douglas Frederick said to Contone as he made his way to the prisoner’s dock.

It was only on December 22 last year that Brathwaite appeared before the magistrate for possession of apparatus for the misuse of cocaine. At the time, the singer, known for Who Brek My Bottle and My Car Brek Down, sang for the court and was placed on a three-month bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. A breach of that order carried a three-month jail sentence.

On this occasion, the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court heard that Brathwaite entered the home of Frances Alexander on December 31,2016 as a trespasser and stole a camera, a laptop, an earring and necklace set, a pen knife, a stainless steel opener, three cellular phones and three chargers, a handbag, a cosmetic bag, a charger cable, a silver bracelet, and several rings, valued at a total $4,183.

Sergeant Neville Watson objected to the entertainer’s release based on the fear that he would re-offend, his antecedents – a number of which related to theft – and for his own protection as well as that of society.

“I was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol,” Brathwaite told the court in an attempt to gain his freedom.

“I is not a bad fella, Sir. I does get set up but I thought I was home by one of my girlfriends . . . and I didn’t steal them. . . . They come and catch me with them. So I didn’t carr dem to sell dem or nuffin, and I apologizing. I am not a bad person [but] doan care wha, I does get de end of de stick, don’t care how much I try to keep away. But I plan to clean up my act, Sir,” he said.

After hearing his plea, the magistrate remanded Brathwaite to prison until February 8 when the prosecutor is expected to outline the facts of the case.

7 Responses to Different tune

  1. Bryan Mayers
    Bryan Mayers January 12, 2017 at 4:34 am

    I hope this is a lesson for those planning to try dope. See it and leave it.

  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward January 12, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Crack cocaine destroys the brain. His singing career just went down the drain, cocaine is something so serious. The things its made from destroy your mind completely, and fast. Pray he overcomes his addiction.

  3. Julien Bassman Caddle
    Julien Bassman Caddle January 12, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Sergeant Neville Watson objected to the entertainer’s release based on the fear that he would re-offend, his antecedents – a number of which related to theft – and for his own protection as well as that of society……….
    So after de 28 days……then what?…….isnt he going back into the same society ?????……

  4. Bobolee Popo January 12, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Contone can not SING !!!

  5. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett January 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Can society see what drugs is doing to its people? Who is out and off drugs should continue to do just that…stay off and away

  6. Sweet and January 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    They need to have so rehab for offenders. Cause when he come out it will happen again. She government need to have a program to help place for low level offenders.

  7. gale January 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I am a recovering addict and i can tell you its not easy,Its a DISEASE OF ADDICTION,i too was hooked on crack cocaine and i know contone from in my addiction days,he cant stop until he first admitt that HE IS POWERLESS over the use of drugs,he has to want RECOVERY,RECOVERY is not given freely,WE FIGHT FOR RECOVERY,we believe in OUR HIGHER POWERS WILL TO DO FOR US WHAT WE CANT DO FOR OURSELVES.IN every house hold there is an ADDICT.ALCOHOL is also a DRUG,and for most of us a trigger to go back useing or to RELASPE.GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME,he need to detox and get into verdum house,he may be one of the winners in the end or there are only 3places an ADDICT end up.JAILS,INSTITUTIONS OR DEATH.


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