Prison officer allegedly brought ‘ping pongs’ and other food items to jail

Details have emerged in court on the prohibited food items that a 47-year-old prison officer was allegedly attempting to bring into HMP Dodds when he ran afoul of the regulations.

Melvin McDonald Goodman, of Bathsheba, St Joseph and Todds Land, St George, reportedly took three bottles of Ensure, a tube of toothpaste, a pack of ping pongs, two packs of plantain chips, a pack of teatime biscuits, two packs of granola bars, a pack of Shirley biscuits, a pack of chocolate chip biscuits, two packs of peanuts, and mixed nuts into the penal institution on December 16 with the intention of giving them to an inmate.

However, he pleaded not guilty to the offence when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch today in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court and was released on $500 bail.

There was no objection to bail from Station Sergeant Peter Barrow, but Goodman’s attorney Shamar Bovell described the charge brought against his client as “vexatious and frivolous”.

The attorney also said he found it “troubling” that in within the space of just over a year he was representing another officer of the prison.

“I wonder if the internal procedures are broken so much at that institution that they are bringing their officers to court to be ridiculed for items costing less than $30. I find it vexatious and frivolous. This charge [maligns my] client’s character Sir,” the lawyer said.

The Chief Magistrate then informed the accused man that given the circumstances, he would be “interdicted” by both the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of the Civil Service.

Goodman returns to court on February 26.

8 Responses to Prison officer allegedly brought ‘ping pongs’ and other food items to jail

  1. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Rules are rules but Uhhhh I wonder if someone in a high rank trying toto mess he up

  2. Malchiel Ben Israel
    Malchiel Ben Israel December 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    My prayers are with you bro….

  3. Bajan USA December 21, 2017 at 12:38 am

    That look like “boy give me something and i give you something too ” business going on. Dont truth them prison guards. Them is big time ballers.

    • Arri Mayers December 21, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      You mean the prisoner does get some Good Man

  4. Damian December 21, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Rules are not rules when it is for things like this that shoukd be delt with out of court.

  5. kk December 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    yeah i agree cause dem only making d man look shame and for what???? snacks, getting on like dem int know prisoners does get d “munchies”.

  6. Adrian December 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I wonder how some of you all fools really get these jobs? And the lawyer remarks is even more troubling. Two shameful people the guard and the lawyer smfh always a betrayer among good people.


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