It is up to Akeem Nathaniel Williams to choose whether he will be early or late for court the next occasion.
After turning up late yesterday, the young man received a stern warning from Magistrate Douglas Frederick not to let it happen again.
The 23-year-old Forde’s Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael resident appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
He is jointly charged with three others for four robberies and one count of damaging a Transport Board bus, all in 2013.
When the matters came up for hearing, Williams’ three co-accused were in court but he was not. He eventually showed up around 10:45 a.m.
When he entered the dock and his lateness was drawn to the court’s attention, Magistrate Frederick asked the accused the reason for his late attendance.
“I come through the rain,” he replied.
“Me too,” the magistrate answered.
“All of us who are here came through rain this morning.”
“But I had to stop and shelter, Sir,” Williams sought to explain.
“You want me to send you someplace where you won’t have to come through rain? They will wake you up and bring you straight here. You won’t be late,” Frederick explained.
“No Sir,” Williams replied. “The last time I drive in one o’ dem buses was 2013.”
“But they have new buses now. You sure you don’t want to drive in one?” Frederick asked.
Williams’ cases were eventually adjourned.