A young man, who is four months away from ending a 15-month jail term, got 12 months added onto that when he went before District ‘A’ Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant this afternoon.
Romario Lewis, 26, was escorted into court by prison security, charged with pointing his fingers in the shape of a gun at a police officer while in a prison van arriving at the court precincts today. The court heard that the officer was in a nearby jeep on the same compound.
Lewis pleaded guilty to the charge, but told the magistrate he did not know an officer was in the vehicle. He said the gesture was to alert other inmates that the vehicle was usually occupied by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department.
“I said, ‘yuh see them men, them is the CID men who was coming for the murder men’ . . . when I saw de jeep. When I saw de jeep, I juck my hand at the van. I sorry if the officer feared for his life. I didn’t even know an officer was in the CID jeep,” Lewis said when the magistrate asked if he had anything to say before sentence was imposed.
“The sentence of the court is 12 months to run concurrent,” declared Cuffy-Sargeant.