After pleading guilty to criminally damaging a pipe belonging to the mother of his 16-year-old son, Jefferson King of Salters Tenantry Road, St Michael was ordered today by the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to pay a fine of $800 by tomorrow or spend six months in jail.
King, a plumber, was released on bail by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
The facts revealed that the 43-year-old man was seen leaning on the wall of Michelle Smith’s house after she heard a noise on the outside. The court heard that when the accused saw Smith looking at him, he ran away. The complainant then checked where the accused was standing and realized the pipe leading to her bathroom was broken.
The court was informed that King was in the habit of peeping around the complainant’s house. But when the magistrate asked him if he had anything to say, he replied:”I didn’t brek de pipe fuh purpose.”
He testified that the pipe ran across the road where he has to travel in order to get from one part of Salters to another. “When I ride and come through there, the bicycle peddle step hit the pipe and brek it. I told she I would repair it,” King continued.
“What were you doing leaning up against the wall?” the magistrate asked, as she pressed him further. “I was hollering fuh she to tell she i brek it,” the accused responded. “What work you do?” the presiding officer continued. “I is a truck driver or I could do plumbing too,” he declared, causing loud laughter from the courtroom.