It is unlikely that Harold McDonald Payne could have avoided prison yesterday.
Not only did the Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael man admit that he had cocaine and an offensive weapon when police saw him at a bus stop along Black Rock Main Road on Sunday; there also was a warrant of arrest out for Payne for failing to appear in court on another matter.
Sergeant Neville Watson told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that when lawmen passed through Black Rock on May 8, they observed the unemployed man swinging a cutlass, hitting the bus stop as he did so.
When they went to Payne and requested that he put down the cutlass, he did. The court also heard that police subsequently found one paper wrapping of cocaine on the 54-year-old when they searched him.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick remanded Payne to HMP Dodds until June 6, when he will return to court to be sentenced.