A 27-year-old landscaper was given a reprieve this week after begging for more time to comply with a court ruling.
Earlier this year Peter Augustus Lewis of Manchester Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael pleaded guilty to damaging a house belonging to Anderson Walkes without lawful excuse sometime between March 7 and 8.
Lewis and his family were renting the property from Walkes who had given them a month to vacate his premises. However, when the landlord went to check on the property he noticed lines of red paint on the outer and inner walls.
Lewis was ordered to compensate Walkes $4,600 for the damage, with half of the amount payable by July 7 and the remainder by July 31.
However, when Lewis returned to the court on Wednesday, he informed the magistrate that he had only been able to make half of the payment.
“I just begging for an extension. I would like at least until the end of August,” Lewis requested adding; “I really don’t want to go to prison. Prison hard Sir, I don’t want to go up there, I have friends up there and they say it hard. I made a mistake and I am willing to pay for my mistake.”
After hearing his plea, Magistrate Douglas Frederick granted Lewis until September 22 to pay the balance or he will have to spend nine months at HMP Dodds.