Twenty-seven-year-old Jabar Danko Yarde must be on his best behaviour and keep the peace for the next six months if he wants to avoid paying a $750 fine or spending two months behind bars at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant imposed the bond on the painter from Grazettes Main Road, St Michael when he appeared before her in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to possession of a camouflage jacket without lawfully authority.
According to the facts presented by Sergeant Neville Reid, the police prosecutor, lawmen found the jacket in Yarde’s wardrobe when they executed a search warrant at his home.
While Yarde admitted knowledge of the garment, his lawyer Romaine Marshall told the court the jacket was given to him by a cousin who had since died, and he had “kept it for sentimental value”.
In pleading for a lenient sentence for his client, Marshall asked the court to consider his four-day stint in police custody as punishment enough.
“Being in the [police] station is similar . . . to being on remand [and] he was there from Friday, since [the police] was investigating him in connection with another matter,” Marshall said.
The magistrate subsequently imposed the bond, despite the attorney’s arguments.